For the second time in less than ten months, a Detroit-area television station has caught a group of Chrysler workers smoking and drinking on their lunch break.
This time around, Fox 2’s Rob Wolchek reports Trenton Engine Plant workers enjoyed their liquid lunch at a small park directly across the street from their local United Auto Workers headquarters. The vice president of Local 372 said he was unaware of the activity.
Tipped off by two separate plant employees who were concerned by the behavior, the television station filmed multiple workers on multiple days lighting pipes and downing tall boys at the park before heading back to work.
Scott Garberding, Chrysler’s senior vice president of manufacturing, viewed the footage before it aired and told Fox 2 the company will work aggressively to identify the employees and suspend them without pay pending further investigation.
“I just want to say I’m really both hurt and angered by what your cameras captured,” Garberding said. “Unfortunately we’ve got Chrysler employees in a compromised position, apparently without regard for the impact of their actions on the reputation of their coworkers, of the plant, of the company—not to mention their own repuation and that of their families.
“As a company over the last two years, Chrysler’s come way too far and made way too much progress to let the bad acts of a few put a shadow on the rest of the employees.”
Last September, Fox 2 aired footage of workers from Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant engaged in similar behavior on their lunch break. The company ended up firing 13 employees and suspending two others.