Thursday 23 September 2010

Chrysler suspends several employees for disobedience (U.S)

A scandal involving several Chrysler LLC employees – who build the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee – has shocked the automotive industry.

The employees were stalked by Fox News Detroit for a number of weeks and were caught on video smoking marijuana/cannabis and drinking beer in a local park near the Jefferson North Assembly Plant during their lunch.

It's the same plant where President Obama stood in July, praising Chrysler workers and saying "I would bet on the American worker any day of the week."

The local TV station said it began following the workers just five days after Obama's visit. Chrysler went through a Government-led bankruptcy in 2009 and took $10.8 billion from the federal government. "The fact that we're standing in this magnificent factory today is a testament to the decision we made," said Obama in July.

A video shows the workers exiting the plant, heading into a local party store and then obviously drinking and smoking cannabis in a local park. "There ain't no party like a Detroit party," said the reporter during the video. He adds: "We saw this day after day after day. [They use their] lunch break to catch a buzz."

The workers have since been suspended until further notice without pay, according to Chrysler.

"I'm very, very disturbed about what I just saw in the video and I want to make it clear that we at Chrysler take it very seriously," Scott Garberding, Chrysler's senior vice president of manufacturing, told Fox News Detroit. "For us this behavior is totally unacceptable and will be dealt with swiftly."

The United Auto Workers also issued a statement saying that it opposes the use of controlled substances or alcohol on the job.


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