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Chrysler fires 13 workers involved in drinking on the job, suspends two

by Jeff Glucker (RSS feed) on Sep 27th 2010 at 7:00PM

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.

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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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http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/27/chrysler-fires-13-workers-involved-in-drinking-on-the-job-suspe/

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Chrysler fires 13 for liquor, drugs while on-the-clock

Alisa Priddle / The Detroit News

Chrysler Group LLC has fired 13 workers and temporarily sidelined two more caught on tape drinking and using drugs in a park during their lunch break, before returning to build Jeep Grand Cherokees at the Jefferson North plant.

The disciplinary actions were announced Monday following an investigation that began last week after Chrysler saw video of the actions from WJBK-TV, Channel 2. WJBK was tipped off by concerned co-workers.

"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 (Monday). Two remaining employees will receive a one-month disciplinary layoff without pay," Chrysler said in a statement.

The automaker said the swift justice makes it "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."

Both the automaker and the United Auto Workers have said the workers identified do not reflect the majority of the work force at the Jeep plant.

Last Thursday, Chrysler held town hall meetings at the plant, played the video and reiterated that the code prohibits employees from using, possessing, distributing, selling or being under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs on the job or on company business.

The UAW had no new comment Monday.

Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson did not know if any workers filed grievances but said that if they do, the company will fight them.

Chrysler said quality has not been compromised as the 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."

Early warranty results show the Grand Cherokee "may be the best launch in the history of Chrysler for vehicle reliability."

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100927/AUTO01/9270406/1148/auto01/Chrysler-fires-13-for-liquor--drugs-while-on-the-clock#ixzz10mMwzNtb

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Chrysler fires 13 workers caught boozing on tape

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Chrysler Group LLC says it has fired 13 plant workers caught by a Detroit TV station drinking alcohol and smoking what appeared to be marijuana during breaks.

Chrysler manufacturing chief Scott Garberding told WJBK-TV in a Sept. 22 report that the automaker identified some of the workers from Detroit’s Jefferson North plant on tape and was pursuing the others.

The automaker said then that it was suspending the workers. On Monday, Chrysler said it has fired them.

In a statement, Chrysler said the workers violated its code of conduct.

Chrysler says two other workers got one-month unpaid layoffs.

Read more: Chrysler fires 13 workers caught boozing on tape | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20100927/BUSINESS01/100927054/1210/business01/Chrysler-fires-13-workers-caught-boozing#ixzz10mO4v68W

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Chrysler fires UAW workers caught drinking, smoking pot

06:10 PM

Chrysler announced it has fired 13 employees who were caught drinking and smoking pot during their lunch hour by a local Detroit TV station.

Two other employees have been suspended for a month 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," the company said in a statement.

WJBK Fox 2 News in Detroit caught Chrysler auto workers drinking alcohol and smoking what appear to be joints during their shifts at the automaker's Jefferson North auto plant in Detroit.

There was some skepticism about how harsh the union-protected employees would be punished. Frankly, we here at Drive On thought there was a good chance they'd all get suspended and be back on the job once the dust settled.

The plant, which builds the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was visited by President Obama just two months ago.

The investigation started five days after the president's visit. The cameras caught workers leaving on their half-hour lunch break to head to the liquor store, and take off to a nearby park. The cameras even followed them into the liquor store to confirm the bottles in the bags were actually alcohol.

Chrysler's strongly-worded press release makes note of the recent auto bailout:

"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," they said. "We take that responsibility very seriously and will work to restore the public's faith."

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http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2010/09/chrysler-fires-uaw-workers-caught-drinking-smoking-pot-/1

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BREAKING: 13 CHRYSLER WORKERS FIRED FOR ALCHOHOL/DRUG USE

By Mark Kleis

Leftlane brought you video just last week of several Chrysler workers that were caught on film for 10 days as they proceeded to drink copious amounts of alcohol and even smoke marijuana during their short lunch break before going back to the assembly line.

At the time, Chrysler suspended the workers until a final decision could be made, but now MyFoxDetroit is reporting that Chrysler has released a statement confirming the termination of two employees, as well as a one-month suspension without pay for two others.

"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," the company said in a written statement, MyFoxDetroit reported. "Two remaining employees will receive a one month disciplinary layoff without pay."

The workers were from the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly plant, which is responsible for producing the highly-acclaimed all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/breaking-13-chrysler-workers-fired-for-alchoholdrug-use.html

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Chrysler fires 13, lays off 2 in taped lunch escapade

Alisa Priddle / The Detroit News

Chrysler Group LLC has fired 13 workers and temporarily sidelined two more caught on tape drinking and using drugs in a park during their lunch break, before returning to build Jeep Grand Cherokees at the Jefferson North plant.

The disciplinary actions were announced Monday following an investigation that began last week after Chrysler saw video of the actions from WJBK-TV, Channel 2. WJBK was tipped off by concerned co-workers.

"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 (Monday). Two remaining employees will receive a one-month disciplinary layoff without pay," Chrysler said in a statement.

The automaker said the swift justice makes it "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."

Both the automaker and the United Auto Workers have said the workers identified do not reflect the majority of the work force at the Jeep plant.

Last Thursday, Chrysler held town hall meetings at the plant, played the video and reiterated that the code prohibits employees from using, possessing, distributing, selling or being under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs on the job or on company business.

The UAW had no new comment Monday.

Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson did not know if any if any workers filed grievances but said that if they do, the company will fight them.

Chrysler said quality has not been compromised as the 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."

Early warranty results show the Grand Cherokee "may be the best launch in the history of Chrysler for vehicle reliability."

apriddle@detnews.com (313) 222-2504

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100928/AUTO01/9280325/1148/auto01/Chrysler-fires-13--lays-off-2-in-taped-lunch-escapade#ixzz10pOUjPeG

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Chrysler Fires Lunch-Hour Partiers At Grand Cherokee Plant

By Bengt Halvorson

Deputy Editor

September 28th, 2010

2011 Chrysler 200Enlarge PhotoAt the Detroit area plant that assembles the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, thirteen employees caught on camera last week boozing during their lunch hour have been fired, with two others suspended without pay.

The move comes nearly a week after video footage was captured by Detroit Fox affiliate WJBK-TV, then picked up first nationally by Fox News, showing workers buying and guzzling large bottles of beer, as well as smoking something likely other than tobacco, during work hours. More footage then shows them driving recklessly, perhaps under the influence, to elude the cameras.

Chrysler last week swiftly moved to suspend those workers indefinitely without pay, expecting that by Monday "each of these cases will be dispositioned." In a new release from today, the company said: "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," stated Chrysler Group, then touting its comprehensive quality system, in which a system of redundant controls won't let a single person's error result in a quality problem.

The Jefferson North plant, which was visited by President Obama in July, employs about 2,500 workers, while Chrysler Group employs about 51,000 in all.

[NY Times Wheels Blog]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szd7t5Xxzhs&feature=player_embedded

link:

http://www.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1049834_chrysler-fires-lunch-hour-partiers-at-grand-cherokee-plant

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