Chrysler is reportedly having a hard time ramping up production of its 2013 Ram 1500. According to The Detroit News, only 16 of the 58 trucks built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant during the model's first hour passed final inspection. While quality eventually improved over the course of the day, just over half of the units built on Thursday were approved for shipment. Even with workers ordered to stay late to fix their mistakes, some 1,078 units remained outside the facility with defects. The problem, according to workers at the plant, is morale.

According to the report, Chrysler recently changed the shift schedule at the plant and workers are unhappy with the new situation. The new plan has workers split into three shifts, each covering four 10-hour days. With the shifts staggered, some workers now have to work nights and on Saturdays. Some employees are so upset that they've taken to protesting, though the move isn't sanctioned by the United Auto Workers.

Meanwhile, Chrysler admits there were internal issues with the launch, but that the company was able to contain them. A spokesperson has said "plant quality indicators are getting progressively better."


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      whofan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I`m a union worker and I`m pro union and I`m also thankfull for my job. I also see my co workers having a sense of self entitlement and whining when they have to work a different shift. People who abuse benafits also abuse the union who inturn protects these very people. I worked un union jobs that required overtime without pay. Sure there`s laws that prevent that on paper but it happens and there`s still mouths to feed. I totally get the negative opinons of unions but it`s not all of us who do these things. Rottens apples are the few who cloud the many.
      Robert D
      • 1 Year Ago
      awwwww. They have to work crazy hours/shifts like the rest of us!!!!!!!!! At least they have a "schedule" to go by. Bet if they ordered something and it wasn't done/built right and on time they'd be the first to piss and moan. Shut up and get to work. Be glad you have a job! Better yet go ahead and tank Ram quality and sink the ship! Then you can go %$%$# your unemployment. What's the catch phrase nowadays "we all have choices"! So make yours, quit or get back to work.
      CEC
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they don't like it, they SHOULD quit, and give the job to sombody who WANTS to work.
      AYSKOFI
      • 1 Year Ago
      They shouldn't be stymied. It's pretty simple. These union workers sabotaged these trucks because they were unhappy with their schedules. Maybe, they would be happier with no jobs at all.
      pat hill
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you do not care for the shift you work or whatever QUIT.Do not screw up the product.
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pat hill
        Seriously, you pull in 100%+ all the time? Cut the crap, you're on AB at work.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      FCI Fincl Serv
      • 1 Year Ago
      These guys are even defying their Union! This is stupidity on the part of the workers. Sabotaging the product will result in lost sales, less demand for the product and layoffs! Chrysler is getting its market share back, so these geniuses want to screw things up. Other people would really like to have their jobs and their paychecks!
      Stevie Diffy
      • 1 Year Ago
      And I have always been big on quality. Whatever it is that you are building should be built following specs. Even if it is a pizza, do it right and do not sell it if it is not built right.
        Matthew Miles
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stevie Diffy
        Especially if its a pizza! Nothing pisses me off more than carelessly made food.
      telm12345
      • 1 Year Ago
      But I don\'t want to work 8 hours a day! WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
      jetleaf
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fire their whiny asses
      imoore
      • 1 Year Ago
      \"Some employees are so upset that they\'ve taken to protesting, though the move isn\'t sanctioned by the United Auto Workers.\" And that is the interesting part of this story, at least for me. I believe there are better ways to get management\'s attention, but this also proves that you don\'t need the union to intervene on everything. Somebody told the UAW to take a hike. King Bob and his minions can\'t be too happy about this. I hope there won\'t be any Union backlash for breaking ranks.
      SPL
      • 1 Year Ago
      THIS TOTALLY EXPLAINS WHY THE BOX OF MY NEW 2013 RAM WAS 2 INCHES OF TO ONE SIDE AND THE GAS FILLER NEXT WASNT EVEN HOOKED UP BEHIND THE DOOR. WAY TO TAKE PRIDE IN WHAT YOUR DO. I FOR ONE WORK 21 DAYS STRIGHT GET 7 OFF AND HAVE A MINIMUM OF A 10 HOUR DAY IF IM LUCKY. BUT I ALWAYS GIVE 110% EVEN WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH.
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SPL
        You also don't do manual labor for a living, go be working on an assembly line and go see how you feel about yourself at year 17.
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