While Chrysler continues to struggle financially, employees have found their own way of getting over it. Outside of the plant, 15 workers have taken up drinking, and possibly even smoking pot, as a way to ease the pain. They might need to hit the bar because Chrysler has just announced that they all have been suspended indefinitely without pay.
This wasn’t just a one day occurrence either. These workers at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant have been hitting the bottles for ten days. It didn’t take long for Chrysler to identify each one of the 15 men and notify them that they had lost their jobs within 36 hours.
Although the video evidence is about as clear as a perfect summer’s day, Chrysler must still obey its protocol when releasing employees. The company also stressed that each one of their vehicles is screened for quality control and an issue like this will not affect the vehicles in any way.
Hit the jump to read the press release and see the news video.
Response to Broadcast Report-UPDATE
by Admin Admin
September 23, 2010 4:21 PM
UPDATE 6:00PM EDT
From the Fox 2 story on Chrysler Group’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant, the Company was able to identify all 15 employees captured on video. Within 36 hours of learning about this matter, each one of the employees was suspended indefinitely without pay. While the evidence seems conclusive, the Company needs to act in accordance with corporate protocol before further action is taken. We expect that by Monday, each of these cases will be dispositioned.
Background: A story broadcast last night by the Detroit Fox affiliate regarding inexcusable behavior by some workers at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) is sparking a torrent of discussion online and on the air, but not more than right here at Chrysler Group LLC headquarters.
To be sure, we are very disturbed by this story.
Even before the story aired, based on on-air promos, we identified several workers appearing in the story, and immediately suspended them indefinitely without pay. Several more were dealt with the same way today, after we examined the video, and we’re continuing to identify others and deal with them accordingly, with no delay.
To be very clear, Chrysler Group has a strict employee code of conduct and does not condone this behavior.
We take great pride in our Jefferson North plant and the more than 2,500 people who work every day to build world-class products. We have processes in place to ensure that only the highest quality vehicles reach our customers. In fact, we’ve invested $686 million in the plant and the products it produces.
In fact, as the plant prepared to produce a new line of SUVs with world-class quality, it underwent a complete transformation as part of World Class Manufacturing-that ’s an extensive and thorough process to restore all Chrysler Group facilities to their original and maximum functionality.
JNAP employees have gone through nearly 45,000 hours of training, and have planned and executed hundreds of projects aimed at improving the work environment, maximizing quality, minimizing waste and preparing for the new product. We want both taxpayers and consumers to know, we take very seriously our responsibility to your safety, satisfaction and investment, and we promise you, we will continue to act swiftly and decisively to correct any situation at odds with that commitment.