• Sep 27, 2010
A group of Chrysler employees have been in the news lately, causing a bit of a black eye for the automaker. Originally, a Detroit Fox affiliate snagged video of the UAW members really enjoying their break – by smoking weed and drinking beer. Chrysler reacted to the news swiftly, by identifying and suspending 15 employees who were ID'd in the clip. Now, after taking time to investigate the entire incident, Chrysler has put the hammer down – 13 of the Jefferson North Plant employees have been fired and the other two get an unpaid, one-month "vacation."

It's a shame that this happened, but it's good to see Chrysler respond so quickly. The automaker has issued a brief statement on the matter, which you can read after the jump.

[Source: Chrysler]
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A statement from Chrysler...

Chrysler Group has completed its investigation of the Jefferson North employees recently suspended for inappropriate conduct during their lunch period. It has been determined that 13 employees engaged in behavior that violated the Company's Standards of Conduct and these 13 employees were discharged today. Two remaining employees will receive a one month disciplinary layoff without pay.

As is evidenced by the swift action taken in this matter, it should be clear that Chrysler Group will not tolerate such behavior and will continue to evaluate its protocols to ensure that something like this does not happen again.

Our customers can be assured that the Jefferson North Assembly Plant has implemented a comprehensive quality system for all of the vehicles it builds. This system has redundant controls that do not allow a single person's error to result in a quality problem flowing to the customer. In fact, early warranty results indicate that the quality performance from the launch of the new Grand Cherokee may be the best launch in the history of Chrysler for vehicle reliability.

It is unfortunate that the actions of a few people have called into question the reputation of more than 51,000 very proud, hard-working Chrysler Group employees, grateful that the American and Canadian taxpayers gave us a second chance. We take that responsibility very seriously and will work to restore the public's faith.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have to admit, I am surprised the UAW didn't interfere... unless it had something to do with those two suspensions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Remember that past records also may factor in, as well as what was actually caught on tape. It's not illegal to drink on your lunch break off company property; if they didn't drink enough to be impaired, the company may not have thought they had that great a case.

        I'm sure these guys will all file grievances; the union is obligated to prosecute those grievances, but that doesn't mean they'll get their jobs back or that the union has to work on these grievances particularly hard. After all, there's plenty of backlash to be had if any of them do get their jobs back, very little even among other UAWers if they don't.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The employees had the be fired before the UAW could begin the appeal process. I doubt it's really over yet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here we go......


      In comes the Union Haters..
      .Have at it you Rush Limburger, self righteous clowns..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why are people labled as 'Limbaugh' followers or extremists for believing in Responsiblity. We are not 'Entitled' to a job, and were not entitled to live in a nice home, we have to earn it. This is what made this country what it is and when you decide to piss-on every one of your co-workers because you don't have the discipline to wait to have a good time until your off work you shouldn't Cry your baby butt off when you get fired.

        The rest of us are trying to make a living and the wellbeing of Chrysler has more than a little to do with that, and Rush Limbaugh has nothing to do with that.

        Puff your Magic Dragon when it only affects you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Butters, that name suits you quite well!!

        Are you just mad that you got grounded again?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think one if those guys did the rear trim on my 07 Jeep GC SRT8, after lunch.

      Anyways, maybe a local Fox affiliate would like to hang out near the Maple Leaf pork plant here in Burlington, ON????
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sun news works for me..

        Headline: employees at meat packing plant fired, here's today's sunshine girl!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't worry ... Sun News is coming to the rescue!
      • 4 Years Ago
      question is did they really fire them? or did they show up to a place to read newspapers for 8 hrs and get paid?
        • 4 Years Ago
        They actually fired them. Chrysler/UAW had placed them on indefinate unpaid leave, previously, then they were fired.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hah. This will be turned into a PAID vacation. They'll get their job back with a grievance and an arbitrator will later grant back pay. 100%
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Graham,
      It has nothing to do with white collar people or "little people."

      We are upset because our tax dollars went (against my wishes too) to save these people and their jobs, and this is how they repay us.

      If the participants in the video clip were all managers at the same plant, I would want them fired too.

      But, if the participants were lawyers from some law firm that has nothing to do with me or my tax dollars, I don't give a flying rat's arse if they wanna get hammered at lunch. Or during work hours. Or whenever the hell they feel like it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Heh.
      They would have been fired anyway, i bet.

      These guys certainly were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        five days in a row mind....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shi**y.

      Michigan no job no chance of getting back into Chrysler a slim chance of unemployment telling the wife losing the 'do drugs and ill beat your ass' battle with the kids a smidgin of bad publicity =

      Sh**y.

      "Welcome to McDonalds...may I take your order?"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did everyone forget, Obama gave Chrysler to Fiat AND the UAW. They had to fire those guys. And if you need to drink beer and smoke some pot, can't you just wait a few more hours and do it when you get home?
      I would have liked to see the video of when they got home and told the wife and kids, well I got fired today.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not "drinking on the job" when the guys are doing it on their lunch break. I don't condone them working drunk/high, but to say they did it on the job is not correct.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Since they were doing so and then returning to work, I think thats kind of a moot point.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a former Union Stewart and employee of an auto company, I am hopefull the Union stands behind Chrysler.

      There should be zero tolerance for this behavior. I used to be proud to be a union member.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you sure you weren't a Union STEWARD? Somehow, I don't believe you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am not pro-Union and have been very critical of the UAW and them being part of the reason that the Detroit's Big 3 are in the craphole. But let me take the other side for a moment: They were on their break, not using heavy machinery, nor driving. In some countries workers go out to drink beer or wine in their breaks. Ok, so they did some pot but is not like they were shooting crack next to 8 year olds.

      In this harsh economic times where their chances of providing for their families (yes, they may have a son or daughter who depend on their father to bring food and pay the rent or mortgage) are very slim, I think firing them is excessive. Suspend them, warn them, write them up, send them to rehab or do community service, but firing..excessive unless they were jeopardizing someone by being drunk or high (as in driving or operating machinery).
        • 4 Years Ago
        It makes very little difference whether it was smoking crack (you don't shoot it) or marijuana. Both substances are illegal. In these harsh economic times, these brainless idiots should have been thinking about their sons or daughters before risking their jobs. I see no reason why Chrysler needs to think about their family's well-being more than they do.

        If YOU got caught drinking or smoking weed on your lunch break, you'd get fired. Why shouldn't these guys?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Sal

        If a banker goes to lunch and have a martini or glass of wine no one thinks anything of it. A blue-collar worker on his lunch break buys a Bud Light and now he is canned for drinking while on working hours?

        I agree that workers have to follow company rules and if the rules are that there can be no drinking of even a single ounce of alcohol between shifts, breaks or lunch hour then the workers have to follow the rules but Chrysler could have given them some sort of break rather than being afraid of being perceived of condoning drinking and pot smoking during lunch hours.
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