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Chrysler Workers Suspended for Pot Smoking, Drinking on Job

Latest sting nabs 9 who could be fired.

by on Jul.19, 2011

A Chrysler worker caught drinking on the job. Image courtesy of WJBK via AutoBlog.com.

Nine Chrysler workers have been suspended – and could eventually be fired – after being captured by a Detroit TV news camera drinking and smoking pot both before work and then while on their lunch breaks.

It’s the second time in less than a year a sting revealed Chrysler workers becoming intoxicated while they were supposed to be on the job.

While the incident could prove embarrassing to the automaker, which has been struggling to rebuild its reputation for quality, it also reflects more positively on the change in culture at the automaker, as the video sting was set up after the Detroit Fox affiliate received a tip from two workers at the suburban Detroit engine plant who said they were worried drug and alcohol use could threaten their safety.

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A number of Chrysler plants have, over the years, struggled with problems involving drugs and alcohol.  A senior union official acknowledged to TheDetroitBureau.com that the maker’s Windsor minivan plant was often referred to as “The Zoo,” with extensive use of alcohol and drugs, often on the plant’s roof.  The Canadian Auto Workers union official insisted, however, that labor and management had made an aggressive push to correct the problem.

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Chrysler Fires 13 Workers For Drinking, Pot Smoking On Job.

Workers caught on camera by local TV station.

by on Sep.28, 2010

Chrysler is firing 13 workers caught on camera drinking and smoking pot while on the job.

Chrysler Group LLC has moved to get rid of 13 employees from the Jefferson North Assembly plant, in Detroit, caught drinking alcohol and smoking pot on their lunch hour by a local television crew.

Chrysler Group said Monday in a statement it had completed its investigation of the Jefferson North employees – who were initially suspended after the TV broadcast for violating the company’s code of conduct and jeopardizing the quality of vehicles built at the plant.

“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,” Chrysler announced.

The United Auto Workers concurred in the company’s decision to dismiss the union members.

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“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,” Chrysler said in a statement.

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