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Chrysler workers enjoying a break – Click above to watch video after the jump

Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got. Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot. Wouldn't you like to get away...? Some members of the UAW, employed at Chrysler's Jefferson North Plant in Detroit, feel the need to do just that. The team at My Fox Detroit received a tip about some auto workers who were using their breaks to catch a little buzz before heading back to the line. The video, which you can watch after the jump, shows several plant employees meeting in a parking lot and throwing back some cold ones. The camera also catches a few folks enjoying some of Michigan's finest herb. Maybe this is how you respond to working after winning the lottery?

Make the jump for the video and responses from Chrysler and the UAW.

[Source: My Fox Detroit]



The response from Chrysler came quickly. Scott Garberding, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing states,
"I'm very, very disturbed about what I just saw in the video and I want to make it clear that we at Chrysler take it very seriously. For us this behavior is totally unacceptable and will be dealt with swiftly. In fact, we've already identified a few of the people involved in this incident. Each of them has been suspended indefinitely, without pay, pending further investigation. We'll continue to pursue this in fact, until we're done.

What's difficult about this is these few people, who exhibited bad behavior, have painted a bad picture what's an outstanding assembly plant, filled with outstanding committed Chrysler employees at Jefferson North. I want to make it clear that we're proud of our plant, we're very proud of the people at Jefferson North.

Lastly I want to say that when we build a vehicle we go to a lot of detail to make sure that even a few people in a situation like this, in fact cannot effect the quality of the vehicle. We have detail systems in place to make sure that every operation is completed and we do multiple-redundants to ensure quality of the vehicles we make."
The UAW added,
"(It) strongly opposes the use of controlled substances or alcohol use on the job. This type of behavior jeopardizes the health and safety of all employees. We also recognize that, unfortunately, these behaviors exist in our society."
Head over to to My Fox Detroit for the news clip. Thanks to all who tipped in.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Obama supports the UAW
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...And this incident certainly won't help his already dismal approval ratings!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, please tell me this isn't the first time the common folk have heard about this...

      As an engineer, I would come back to the plant(s) after lunch during new vehicle launches and couldn't walk more that 10 feet in the parking lot without kicking a 22 or 40oz beer bottle, pint of Jack...empty half pints of whiskey on the plant floor...and this is inside a major vehicle assembly plant.

      In the morning, Tom Petty on a car stereo with the smell of weed burning is pretty common.



      jeff1knowles
      • 4 Years Ago
      OBowma economics securing Union Votes!!!--So freaking Typical for union Thugs..
      • 4 Years Ago
      This explains their build quality.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I loved my Acura RSX type S, but it was not a perfect car. Every Car Company has its problems (and its own bad workers).

      BTW Acura4ever, you have one of the lowest rankings on here... Well done.

      ..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad Fox did not go to all auto plants, even the ones down south and check out their parking lots at lunch. This goes on in every job, not just auto plants. Some of the jobs are alot more dangerous than a car plant.
      Fujimooji
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretend your body is a car, surgeons are union workers and the operating table is the assembly line . . .these surgeons are taking their lunch break . . . hmmmm . . . yeah, surgical instruments have been found inside a patient days, weeks, months after surgery. Or perhaps wrong body part was amputated. All sorts of malpractice problems have occurred. After leaving surgery, miles down the road, our body has developed problems which were not immediately noticed. Could it be that the "union worker" was stoned while performing his duties. But no big deal, marijuana and/or alcohol poses no problems in one's job performance. Just sayin . . .
      • 4 Years Ago
      UAW= Useless Alcoholic Workers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So here's a couple of thoughts. They left the plant on time. Slammed some brews. Burned a fatty. Were cognizant enough to realize it was time go back to get back to work...on time, and the vehicle they build is the best SUV Jeep has ever built. AND THE RON PAUL LIBERTARIAN IS WHINING? I've voted Libertarian for most of my life....Dude! This is what Ron Paul and every other Libertarian has been asking for! Relax!
      BUY AN AMERICAN CAR!
      BUY AN AMERICAN BEER!
      BUY A BAG OF WEED!
      TURN OFF YOUR STUPID TV!
      PLAY WITH YOUR KIDS!
      KISS YOU WIFE!
      BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR!
      MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!
      QUIT JUDGING EVERYBODY!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unions!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is nothing new. Having lived near the Delaware GM plant in the past, the joke was always, "What's the biggest problem with American cars? Answer: Budweiser."

      The parking lot of the plant, after lunch, would be littered with beer cans and bottles. Always nice to think of mechanical workers getting lit up before going back to handle heavy manufacturing equipment.

      And for those who want to bemoan the loss of the good ol' days of having a drink at lunch, what's been practiced here and at other sites is not light drinking. Second, drinking during the work day has become frowned upon BECAUSE of the problems with employees when they return to their shifts.

      I don't like to see this, as it puts the good employees in a bad light, but this is a reflection of the bullet-proof mentality that many of these workers have, because their union shields them from any responsibility.
      • 4 Years Ago
      On the same day that Consumer Reports is going to give Chrysler a boost; these idiots get caught.

      I was on the TV site where some 400 replys were qued up about this. People are mad as hell, given the bailouts; they feel they have been had; worse there are UAW employees defending these idiots. This is going to be like a wildfire, and be broadcast everywhere. It will give Chrysler and its employees a Black Eye and cost them sales and UAW workers their jobs.

      The UAW and the General, along with Chrysler, better jump on this quick and make clear that after all due diligence, these clowns will not be UAW protected, or given back pay, or retained as employees, if quilty.

      Furthermore both the Company and the UuAW need to spend some money broadcasting the ultimate outcome, or Chrysler and its enmployees will suffer and all the good efforts of the past year will go for naught.
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