SRT president and CEO, Ralph Gilles, is doing his best today to make sure workers at Chrysler are getting to their local polling stations and casting votes. The executive started off the morning by stating on his Twitter feed that, "Chrysler gave its entire work force the day off to Vote Today! Let's go! #America."

Gilles later did his best to clarify the day off for Chrysler workers, tweeting that the United Auto Workers has negotiated having voting day off for its employees for the last 15 years – not only at Chrysler, but for General Motors and Ford employees, too. The voting day holiday was then "logically extended to salaried workers," said Gilles.

While Gilles statements seem politically neutral on the surface, recent flare-ups between he and Donald Trump, as well as some finger-pointing on the part of Chrysler/Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne towards Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, add a bit of heat to the matter. What's more, as UAW members have historically backed Democratic candidates, the move to encourage Chrysler workers to get to the polls could logically be construed as a tacit endorsement of President Barack Obama's bid to hold on to the White House.

In fact, the call to action by Gilles is probably unneeded as far as UAW members are concerned. Reports today indicate that the organization has gone so far as to bus its members (in Michigan at least) to polling places, to make the voting process that much easier.


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      Kyle
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since the UAW workers already get the day off, how could this be political? They're just extending the same courtesy to their salaried employees, which number FAR fewer than the UAW workers.
      F1
      • 2 Years Ago
      awesome! i wish my company did this...whether it takes 20 min....these days its F'd up that anything car related can lead to politics and determine your party...and even some racist comments?! wtf....like i said, i wish i got a day off to vote.
        Dr. Claw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @F1
        Absolutely. After the bailout, it's been NOTHING but political CRAP in the comments with anything related to GM or Chrysler. And here's a hint: it's not the "liberals" being the aggressors here. Makes me almost miss the days where jingoists used to go buckwild over Japanese and Korean cars making inroads in the American market. Now, in an ironic (and hilarious) twist of fate, these SAME people are flocking to the Japanese and Koreans because their corporations operate in-line with their politics! LMAO!
      tinted up
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's hope that they take the day off, get wasted, and forget to vote.
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tinted up
        We've spotted the Republican.
          Zoom
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tump
          The only one going in the trash is Mitt Romney. And I'll be at a celebratory party not 2000' feet from where his concession speech will be held. CANT F*ING WAIT!
          Brent Booth
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tump
          you may add several "S's" to the end of that dick bag.
        tinted up
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tinted up
        Independent actually.
      muspod
      • 2 Years Ago
      another reason NOT to buy one..
        keet
        • 2 Years Ago
        @muspod
        why dumbass, Ford and GM do the same
          muspod
          • 2 Years Ago
          @keet
          That Mister Dumbass to you. UAW screws with Chrysler GM Ford so badly and costs them more than labor should consequently passing that expense to the car buyer. They can only charge so much for the car. So, to be competitive they cut corners on the product. = lesser end product. higher failures etc etc etc UAW and their pimps & polititians need to go somwhere else. It's a competitive disadvantage. This is not news....
        kyle
        • 2 Years Ago
        @muspod
        although I am very non-union I don't understand why Chrysler having the day off to vote gives you a reason not to buy them let alone "another" reason. I would support the idea of having the day off to vote or the logical decision to move the day to when people are free to do so anyways.
      ehisforadam
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've worked there, I'm pretty sure it's a union negotiated holiday. And if you're a contract employee, you don't get paid for it. But it is really nice that they do it. It really should just be a federal holiday as it's of vital importance to our country.
      • 2 Years Ago
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          Dr. Claw
          • 2 Years Ago
          The Black Panthers did nothing. But apparently, the presence of black men outside a building seem to bother you on a level more than poltiical...
        • 2 Years Ago
        Just go get your Obamaphone while you can Johnny...
      Al Terego
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't Chrysler in last place out of the Big-3? It's a great gesture from upper-management and all but maybe they focus on working harder..?
        2000_Red_XJ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Al Terego
        I didn't realize that gaining market share and 10% sales growth was considered last place when GM and Ford were only up 4.75% and 0.39% respectively in sales.
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      They probably just can't afford to pay their workers for an extra day so they're grabbing at any excuse to get off themselves off the hook to save face. Communism never bred productivity anyway so it isn't really that big of a loss I suppose. These guys will come back in to work tomorrow and make a handful of Town and Country Vans and be behind schedule like they usually are.
        Brewman15
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        Gee, not reading the article thoroughly then immediately jumping to false conclusions about it; great work! The article calls it a 'voting day holiday', which means the employees are getting paid for NOT being at work today just like, oh, I don't know, the other days of the year recognized as national holidays. Today should be considered a national holiday across the nation and not just at Chrysler or the UAW. Kudos to Ralph Gilles and Chrysler for that. Can you also please explain how giving employees the day off to vote, which I believe is a rather democratic process, is communism?
      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's minid boggling that we have our elections on non-holiday Tuesdays. It's almost like they purposely want to make it difficult for working people to vote. But naaaaaaah- who would think of such a thing?
        omgcool
        • 2 Years Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        In my state, it's required for employers to leave employees at least two consecutive hours free during voting hours. Also, it's not hard to vote early or via absence ballot. Not trying to sound like a dick, but to anyone who has voted before or watches the news, voting early/absence ballots should be common sense too.
      usa1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just voted and it took a grand total of 20 minutes to drive to/from the polling place and to vote. The UAW has been negotiating for 15 years for another day off because it takes them a whole day to do this?
        The_Zachalope
        • 2 Years Ago
        @usa1
        Just because it took YOU 20 minutes doesn't mean it took everyone only 20 minutes. It took me just over 3 1/2 hours, and I know I'm not the only one.
      VDuB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Look at all the UAW workers sitting at home voting thumbs down. Go ahead.
        Leather Bear
        • 2 Years Ago
        @VDuB
        I'm not a UAW member (nor a member of any union), but since you asked...
      ragtopdodge
      • 2 Years Ago
      BTW...why isn't this a national holiday? Would rather have this day off than MLK or Labor day off.
        Mr E
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ragtopdodge
        agreed. we could skip casmir pulaski day. in any case, companies can really affect the election like this if they give their one-side-leaning workforce the day off. most working people have maybe a window of a couple hours to try to get out to the polls.
          Dr. Claw
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mr E
          And that's why we have early voting in some states... but some goverment officials are working hard to take that away from you...
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