Chrysler ordered to rehire workers caught drinking, smoking pot during lunch
This whole ordeal began in 2010 when reporters from Fox 2 Detroit caught workers from the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit drinking what was clearly alcohol and smoking what looked to be marijuana during their lunch break – only to return back to work after getting drunk and high during lunch. As a result of the Fox 2 Detroit investigation, 2 employees were suspended and another 13 were fired for their gross misconduct in the middle of their shift.
Unbelievably, those 13 employees who were fired for getting drunk and high during lunch filed grievances with the UAW and after legal battle spanning almost two years – an independent arbitrator has ruled that the Chrysler Group must rehire these troublesome workers. These careless workers claimed that they were illegally fired and per the guidelines of the collective bargaining agreement between Chrysler and the UAW, they were permitted to demand an investigation into their firing and an arbitrator who was either greased by the UAW or drunk and high himself ruled that the American automaker did not have proper cause to fire these people. The arbitrator claimed that Chrysler simply did not have sufficient evidence to uphold the firings…even though the company had video showing the workers smokin’ and drinkin’ in a public place during their break.
It comes as an incredible shock to me that people tasked with building products that have such potential to be deadly are so freely admitted back to work after caught drinking and smoking during their lunch breaks. Any other worker in America would have surely been fired if they were caught using illegal drugs during their lunch break – regardless of what they do for a living – but thanks to the UAW these deadbeat drunks are back to work building new vehicles. Unfortunately, this shows that in the current American legal system, it doesn’t matter whether you have been caught doing something morally and socially wrong so long as you can afford a good enough attorney to find loopholes in the case to get the charges dropped. In this case, the UAW pulled the right strings to get these beer swilling, pot smoking autoworkers back to a job where they should most certainly not be impaired while at work. In an area like Detroit where jobs (especially comfy, good paying jobs like those at the production facilities) are so hard to come by, it blows my mind that these guys are willing to risk their careers but why not drink a few brews and smoke a fatty during lunch when you know that the company can’t do anything about it…even when the lawbreakers are caught red handed on video tape.