More than a dozen Chrysler Group assembly-plant workers who were fired in 2010 after being filmed drinking alcohol and smoking during their breaks have been reinstated by an arbitrator.
Chrysler fired the workers in September 2010 after WJBK station in Detroit owned by Fox filmed them drinking alcohol and smoking in a nearby parking lot over several days during breaks from the Jefferson North Assembly plant. The footage showed the men then returning to work.
Chrysler suspended two of the workers for a month without pay and fired 13 others. At the time, Chrysler explained its decision saying it “will not tolerate such behavior and will continue to evaluate its protocols to ensure that something like this does not happen again.”
The UAW filed grievances on behalf of the fired workers, with a third-party arbitrator agreeing with the union that Chrysler had improperly fired the employees. In a statement, Chrysler acknowledged that it had lost the arbitration and announced it had reinstated all of the fired employees. It is not clear if they collected back pay.
„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 UAW,” reads Chrysler’s press release.