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Chrysler workers fired for drinking get jobs back

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Thirteen workers who were fired in 2010 from a Chrysler plant in Michigan for drinking during their break have been reinstated, reports.

The 13 workers were fired in 2010 after local news cameras caught them drinking alcohol and smoking what looks to be marijuana in a park during work hours. Following arbitration, the workers were reinstated.

Chrysler released the following statement:

“Chrysler Group LLC acknowledges the reinstatement of a number of employees from the Jefferson North assembly plant who were discharged from the company in September 2010 after appearing in a local TV station’s story about their off-duty conduct.”

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. 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.”

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