December 11, 2012

“Chrysler Forced To Reinstate 13 Union Workers Caught Smoking Weed And Drinking On The Job After Union-Backed Arbitration Ruled In Their Favor…”

See?  Unions protect the little guy from corporate fat cats who otherwise would somehow skirt the laws of labor supply and demand and keep gritty, noble, working class heroes trapped in sweat shops, unable ever to rise and achieve the American Dream.

After which they become part of the rich, and part of the problem.  Or something to that effect.  Honestly, trying to navigate through progressive “logic” is like trying to find a path to Michael Moore’s nethers without a fork lift or an industrial-sized inversion table.

Fox News, (via Weasel Zippers):

Chrysler workers who were fired or suspended two years ago after a MyFoxDetroit investigation found them drinking and goofing off during lunch break are back on the job.

MyFoxDetroit first aired the footage of the Chrysler workers in September 2010. Video showed them in a park during the work day, drinking alcohol from bottles covered in brown paper bags and smoking what appeared to be marijuana.

With the auto giant having recently received a federal taxpayer bailout, and President Obama having visited the plant where the employees worked just months earlier, Chrysler appeared to take a zero-tolerance attitude. The company fired 13 workers, and suspended two.

But MyFoxDetroit reports that following a union-backed arbitration process, the employees were reinstated. This week, they came back to work.

Chrysler said in a statement that it does not support the decision to bring back the workers but would like to move on.

“While the company does not agree with the ultimate decision of the arbitrator, we respect the grievance procedure process as outlined in the collective bargaining  agreement and our relationship with the (United Auto Workers union),” the company said, according to MyFoxDetroit. “Unfortunately, the company was put in a very difficult position because of the way the story was investigated and ultimately revealed to the public. These employees from Jefferson North have been off work for more than two years. The time has come to put this situation behind us and resume our focus on building quality products that will firmly establish Chrysler Group’s position in the marketplace.”

Ironic, isn’t it?  As many unions fight “right to work” initiatives, they simultaneously make the case that oppressive employees, bourgeois labor-robbers, simply don’t have the grounds to fire workers engaging in dangerous, unproductive, and (in some cases) illegal behavior on the company’s dime.

Guess some people have more of a right to work than others, eh? Provided they pay for protection, that is.

Most galling?  Is that these people — oftentimes with progressive media cover — assume the moral high ground.  And we fall for it.

Idiocracy, indeed.

(h/t geoff B)



Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:09am

Comments (8)

  1. Dang it, Jeff! It’s been two years. You were supposed to stop paying attention by now.

  2. i do not want to spend monies on a car made by some loser alcoholic potheads at Chrysler

    It’s one of my things

  3. Fired off an e-mail to Chrysler about this, and that my upcoming decision on buying a new vehicle will no longer include them.
    I then directed a number of people I know to this thread. So far, five of them have informes me that they have also informed Chrysler that this eliminates them as customers.
    I’m still wondering why people are putting up with unions and their crap, specifically the threats and outright violence.

  4. My mother-in-law recently needed to rent a vehicle while her car was in the shop for the third time (and actually repaired!), and was very impressed with the Chrysler minivan she got.

    Now maybe not so much. If I remind her that her original preference for a replacement for her present car is also made by a Chrysler division, I may bring her around to buying a Ford instead.

  5. Which one is the Chrysler one? Fiat? Or Mercedes? Though it may not matter much, as each of these would have extensive old world experience with jobsite alcohol consumption. It’s a little harder to imagine a MyFoxTurin or MyFoxStuttgart though.

  6. Yet another reason why most factories being built or brought back to the US will be largely, if not entirely, automated.

  7. Both my trucks are Japanese, thankyou.

  8. It’s not Chrysler’s fault the government says it’s okay to smoke dope on the job.