The front of the Jefferson North Assembly Plant

Chrysler ordered to rehire workers caught drinking, smoking pot during lunch


The Chrysler Group announced today that the 13 employees from their Detroit Jefferson North Assembly Plant who were fired for getting caught drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana during their lunch breaks have had their jobs reinstated by the company as ordered by a legal arbitrator – helping to illustrate when a brutal failure the legal system often proves to be in the US.

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.

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The sooner Fiat moves Chrysler's operations out of Detroit and into non-union territory, the better they'll be.
It will never happen...at least the part about deunionizing.
The Chrysler Group already builds a huge number of its vehicles in Mexico and Texas - no unions. I expect to see more of that from them.
This is exactly why the Right-to-Work passed in Michigan. The union's gross negligence and lack of concern for the safety of the people buy these cars is a travesty.
I do not condon drug use those guys pay union dues so the union had to fight for their jobs avideo tape is not enongh proof they should have drug tested them to make their case
I think Marshal Mathers (M&M), celebrity spokesperson for Chrysler Group, sums up the Union's argument for reinstatement of its members well in his hit single "(It'd be so empty) Without Me." 'a little bit of weed mixed with some hard liquor some vodka that'll jumpstart my heart quicker than a shock when I get shocked at the hospital by the Dr. when I'm not cooperating I just settled all my lawsuits...'
Seems to me the law should have been out there to bust them for drinking and driving with open containers and pot in the cars. That said what the heck is the local prosecutor’s office doing? Pretty much a no brainer all they need to do is watch the film and pull each one of those idiots in. So what do the tax payers there pay for and who’s running for what office there? Really? It’s pretty obvious that this is a daily occurrence out there, city revenue dollars right there in the making.
Seems to me the law should have been out there to bust them for drinking and driving with open containers and pot in the cars. That said what the heck is the local prosecutor’s office doing? Pretty much a no brainer all they need to do is watch the film and pull each one of those idiots in. So what do the tax payers there pay for and who’s running for what office there? Really? It’s pretty obvious that this is a daily occurrence out there, city revenue dollars right there in the making.
Seems to me the law should have been out there to bust them for drinking and driving with open containers and pot in the cars. That said what the heck is the local prosecutor’s office doing? Pretty much a no brainer all they need to do is watch the film and pull each one of those idiots in. So what do the tax payers there pay for and who’s running for what office there? Really? It’s pretty obvious that this is a daily occurrence out there, city revenue dollars right there in the making.
Like I said video tapee wasn't. Enough they should have drug tested everybody you know what they had. To do I do not believe in drugs and alcohole but you have to prove it tappe could have been taken after work

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