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.