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Chrysler has announced that all 15 of the employees who were apparently caught drinking and smoking pot during their lunch break by a Fox 2 News Detroit crew have been suspended indefinitely without pay. The workers from the company's Jefferson North Assembly Plant were spotted drinking heavily during their lunch breaks over a ten-day period. Chrysler says that all of the individuals had been identified and relieved of their duty within 36 hours of the company learning of the problem.

The company also says that while the video seems pretty cut-and-dry, it must adhere to its protocol when it comes to removing those workers permanently. Chrysler also stressed that each of its vehicles goes through an extensive quality control system and that it doesn't condone the behavior documented in the news report in any way. Chrysler's Jefferson North plant employs a total 2,500 workers.

To see Chrysler's official response, click past the jump. To read more about the story, head over to Fox 2 Detroit's website.

[Sources: Chrysler, Fox 2 Detroit]

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Response to Broadcast Report-UPDATE
by Admin Admin
September 23, 2010 4:21 PM

UPDATE 6:00PM EDT

From the Fox 2 story on Chrysler Group's Jefferson North Assembly Plant, the Company was able to identify all 15 employees captured on video. Within 36 hours of learning about this matter, each one of the employees was suspended indefinitely without pay. While the evidence seems conclusive, the Company needs to act in accordance with corporate protocol before further action is taken. We expect that by Monday, each of these cases will be dispositioned.

Background: A story broadcast last night by the Detroit Fox affiliate regarding inexcusable behavior by some workers at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) is sparking a torrent of discussion online and on the air, but not more than right here at Chrysler Group LLC headquarters.

To be sure, we are very disturbed by this story.
Even before the story aired, based on on-air promos, we identified several workers appearing in the story, and immediately suspended them indefinitely without pay. Several more were dealt with the same way today, after we examined the video, and we're continuing to identify others and deal with them accordingly, with no delay.

To be very clear, Chrysler Group has a strict employee code of conduct and does not condone this behavior.

We take great pride in our Jefferson North plant and the more than 2,500 people who work every day to build world-class products. We have processes in place to ensure that only the highest quality vehicles reach our customers. In fact, we've invested $686 million in the plant and the products it produces.

In fact, as the plant prepared to produce a new line of SUVs with world-class quality, it underwent a complete transformation as part of World Class Manufacturing-that 's an extensive and thorough process to restore all Chrysler Group facilities to their original and maximum functionality.

JNAP employees have gone through nearly 45,000 hours of training, and have planned and executed hundreds of projects aimed at improving the work environment, maximizing quality, minimizing waste and preparing for the new product. We want both taxpayers and consumers to know, we take very seriously our responsibility to your safety, satisfaction and investment, and we promise you, we will continue to act swiftly and decisively to correct any situation at odds with that commitment.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the talk of the town all over Detroit. I think all the men seen in this video should be fired. There are a lot of good hard working people who are laid off right now and I would much rather they get those positions instead. However these few bad apples should not be used as a representation of the entire group of U.S. Auto workers, we have all worked with slackers who break the rules and force the rest of us to make up for their shortcomings.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More beer drinking and pot smoking time while collecting unemployment..from us.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All I can say is that if anyone thinks their European car was assembled by sober workers, think again! :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't drive European and I don't live there!! Therefore, I do not care!! ...And my tax dollars do not help pay their salaries, which is another reason I do not care!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm surprised no one's brought up Rivethead by Ben Hamper. Great book about working the assembly line and he goes into the lunch breaks where they would down 40s.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whether you're pro-union or anti-union is irrelevant here. This type of on-the-job behavior is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. And this applies to all employers and not just Chrysler.

      Sure, there are many employees that have drug and alcohol related problems, and in most cases their employers make reasonable efforts to accommodate the employee with counseling, therapy and treatments programs. But these folks knew precisely what they were doing ... and over a 10-day period mind you.

      Chrysler was right to suspend each employee, and would be right and justified in giving each one of them the boot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't Ford have something similar happen a few years ago, and the people are still employed there? Short of karma, these UAW losers won't get any form of punishment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Reason #1,654,567,679,841 why I'm NEVER buying a Chrysler product. EVAR.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Please spare us. You were never going to buy a Chrysler product anyway.

        Maybe if you said never going to buy a UAW made product it would be believable. I hope Chrysler cans these guys. Suspended "indefinitely without pay" gives me hope.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In other news, Chrysler executives caught lashing back martinis at the Palm while on their lunch break.
      • 4 Years Ago
      stop blaming the UNION. I can tell that most of you think like scabs and rats. The ones that belong to unions and voted for RAT Reagan, who caused many of you to lose your job!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The unions have helped create such a culture, and now our tax dollars are helping pay these morons' salaries!! This is not about politics!! These guys were caught red handed!! Your attempt to pin this in any way on Reagan just goes to show how ignorant you really are!! Do us a favor and please don't vote!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah everyone knows that the blame for this economic mess can be laid squarely on George W. Bush's shoulders.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe because you work for one? oh, and unions suck. The industrial revolution ended 100 years ago and so should the unions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know a Bavarian car plant where you can buy beer in the drinks machine, no joke!

      Also, I think this is so hypocritical of Faux News. Maybe somebody should organize Cocaine tests at all media outlets tomorrow.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, I blame the Union.
        The employees KNOW they can continue to get drunk and high on the job. Yes, the will be sent home, dismissed.

        BUT, the Union WILL get them their job back. The Union WILL get them back pay for any wages lost.

        What will happen, these guys will spends a few weeks or months at home. The Union will plead their case to get the jobs back.

        The drunks will return to work, continue to get high and wasted, and the bonus is the big fat check of back pay while they sat at home during those months of dismissal.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pull your head out of Obama's butt already!! This has nothing to do with politics, or "Faux News"!! The sad thing is, a partisan like yourself would be complaining with the lot of them if these guys worked on Wall Street or were Texas oil tycoons!!

        Now, kindly remove the blue and red glasses!! They make you look like a moron!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fire the Boneheads!
      Your reputation is garbage and you make others look like fools for trusting you.
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