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Chrysler Workers Caught Drinking, Smoking Marijuana on Break Get Jobs Back

Arbitrator Finds Insufficient Conclusive Evidence for Dismissals

Edward A. SanchezDec 12, 2012
You may remember the story two years ago about workers at Chrysler's Jefferson North assembly plant being fired for drinking and smoking marijuana during their lunch break, caught red-handed by a local TV news station. After their termination, the workers filed a grievance in accordance with the UAW's collective bargaining agreement with Chrysler. The company denied all grievances presented by the workers, forcing the matter into arbitration. An arbitrator overseeing the 13 workers' case found there was 'insufficient conclusive evidence' for dismissal and ruled they be reinstated.
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As diplomatically as the company could put it, Chrysler offered an official statement on the company's blog, saying, "Chrysler Group does not condone, in any way, this type of misconduct, but we're in the tough spot of having to accept the arbitrator's decision." It is unknown whether the workers will receive back pay for the two years they've been out of work.
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The Jefferson North plant manufactures the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs.
Source: Chrysler, Fox News

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