Chrysler has reportedly fired a Warren Stamping Plant worker for what the company is calling a violation of its code of conduct. Alex Wassell (left), a 20-year veteran with the automaker, was suspended without pay after he was quoted in an article in The Detroit News. The 63-year-old welder repairman helped organize a demonstration against a new work schedule and was protesting outside the Michigan plant on February 28 when he was interviewed. Chrysler then fired Wassell when the paper published his comments. Wassell, has since filed a grievance and says that he's looking for an amicable settlement between his union and his former employer.

Meanwhile, multiple civil liberties groups have spoken out against Chrysler's decision to dismiss Wassell. Both the National Lawyer's Guild and the American Civil Liberties Union have released statements on the situation, with the ACLU saying "Employees have a right to air their grievances, even if that means a public demonstration or a comments to the media."

According to The Detroit News, Chrysler spokesperson Jodi Tinson said that Wassell was fired for "engaging in activity constituting or appearing to constitute a conflict with the interest of the company."


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      dumjerk52
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a retired UAW member,I really do not understand the nature of the protest--for example,at my plant we actually fought for such schedule--The management refused because they couldn't STAND the thought of us getting a 3-day weekend.So I guess it must ultimately come down to what is convenient for the Company,varying from location to location.And while I hope this man gets his job back,if he is waiting for justice from the UAW,I predict that he will wait a very,very,very long time!
      Kevin Potts
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anyone know exactly what Alex Wassell said?
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder if Chrysler will be pressured to take him back.
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      60 years old out protesting that they are working them too hard. Umm how about GTFO and let someone else have your job that can actually deal with WORKING.
      threefortyduster
      • 1 Year Ago
      Employees can say what they want, correct. The company doesn't have to keep them as employees either. Obviously he didn't want to work there anymore, and Chrysler granted his wish.
      jetleaf
      • 1 Year Ago
      He should be happy, he no longer has to work weekends
      RedRaiderGuy08
      • 1 Year Ago
      I feel ZERO pity... In Texas if you don't like your job or do not want to do what they ask you can just quit, NO ONE is forcing these people to work, NO ONE is forcing these people to work at this company. In the same way the company can choose to fire you for WHATEVER reason they want, they don't own you anything. Once you get your paycheck you and the company become even every two weeks, plain and simple. Is anyone really surprised that bad mouthing the company gets you fired? If an employee does quit the employer will be out of a skilled laborer and will be forced to find another and lose money while the new employee is being trained, thus the employer naturally wants to keep his skilled labor... This is the natural cycle of a FREE economy. If you labor is unskilled and you can be easily replaced then you are not in as high of demand, therefore you will not get paid as much as someone who is more specialized and their talent is more desired. This is the natural cycle of a FREE economy. This is why unions are cancer to both the end user of the products and the company itself!
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lazy pot smoker alcoholics...
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
      Justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fire Chrysler!
      mdennish
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is an example of biting the hand that feeds you. There are thousands of people who want a job /his job. I think he was very foolish but this is typical of union workers who mistakenly think that they run the company.
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have trouble being sympathetic with his gripes about the new schedule. Working construction, I\'d have guys practically fighting over who got to work late/weekends. An extra 18-20 hours a week at time and a half is a significant boost to one\'s paycheck. People like making as much money as they can. If he doesn\'t want to, I bet you wouldn\'t have much trouble finding others who would love to get some overtime.
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