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Chrysler Factory Workers Caught Drinking on Lunch Break

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On: Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 10:41AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


 Chrysler Factory Workers Caught Drinking on Lunch Break

Chrysler Group recently reported that 13 autoworkers were fired and 2 others were suspended after they were caught drinking during their lunch breaks. A local television station filmed the Chrysler employees drinking alcohol on the job, then aired the film to the public. According to Automotive News.com, Detroit Fox News channel responded to a tip and “captured workers from the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant guzzling beer and, in some cases, smoking what appeared to be hand-rolled cigarettes or other smoking material.”

Interestingly enough, Auto News also pointed out that the incident occurred within days of Barack Obama’s visit to the Detroit auto plant in which the President praised autoworkers for their worthiness of the federal bailout that saved union workers jobs. The news coverage prompted a high level of response from local Detroit viewers and was the topic of discussion on many of the local Detroit radio stations; the public was reportedly “outraged at the workers who returned to work after the lunch breaks." Viewers also voiced criticism regarding the TV station that aired the report.

The report was considered derogatory for Chrysler’s reputation as consumers questioned the safety of vehicles being produced by intoxicated plant workers. Chrysler was adamant about giving a statement to convince consumers that the plant’s control systems would ensure the quality of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV that was being manufactured there.

Chrysler stated: “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.”

The new Grand Cherokee is the first new model to be produced by Chrysler since the company accepted the government bailout last year, making the stakes even higher for Chrysler Corporation to gain consumers’ trust in the quality of the vehicle.

Chrysler spokesperson stated: “It is unfortunate that the actions of a few people have called into question the reputation of more than 51,000 very proud, hard-working Chrysler Group employees, grateful that the (U.S.) and Canadian taxpayers gave us a second chance.” Chrysler also stated: “We take that responsibility very seriously and will work to restore the public's faith.”







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