Chrysler workers arrested for alleged drug use

DETROIT Fri Feb 4, 2011 8:23pm EST

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DETROIT (Reuters) - Three workers from a high-profile Chrysler plant that makes a crucial new Jeep model were arrested recently for alleged drug use during the workday, the company and police said.

The arrests marked the second time that Chrysler workers have been caught drinking or using drugs at the Jefferson North assembly plant in the past six months.

In September, Chrysler fired 13 workers at the plant after local television showed them drinking beer and smoking what appeared to be marijuana at a park near the plant during lunch break.

After a federal bailout in 2009 that handed management control of Chrysler to Fiat SpA, executives had touted the revamped Jefferson North plant as an early success of the turnaround strategy.

The plant marked the first Chrysler plant retooled to take advantage of Fiat manufacturing programs intended to shore up Chrysler's lagging reputation for quality.

President Barack Obama visited the plant last summer as it readied the launch of the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler's first major product launch since the bailout.

Chrysler said in a statement that it had cooperated with a unit of the Macomb County Sheriff's department in making the recent arrests.

"Chrysler Group will continue to cooperate with local law enforcement as requested to aggressively pursue any employee who violates state law," the company said.

"The safety and security of all Chrysler Group employees is our first priority and we will continue to act accordingly," it said.

The three workers had not been arraigned and were not identified. The timing of the arrest and the exact nature of the charges they could face were not immediately clear.

(Editing by Bernard Orr)

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Comments (3)
ttriffic02 wrote:
the union will have these aleged drug smoking, beer drinking idiots back on the production line before I finish. Oh!, Oh! too late they are making defective jeeps again as we speak here. How swell the federally purchased union thugs have it. Right to work laws are well; over due. The unions have sold out to the socialist Marxist adminstration. The price; a few tainted dollares,wavers exempting it from the Obungle care law, the padding of many insider pockets and the future survival of the USA

Feb 04, 2011 9:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
hueychief wrote:
About time for drug testing huh? Oh wait the UNION .

Feb 04, 2011 9:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
varela wrote:
The article says nothing about union yet the only two comments are about unions; how about commenting on the article. I would think that drug use would be more prevalent in a company that doesnt have a union since they would only care about the cheapest labor and that the work gets done. Also, now these workers are collecting unemployment; you guys cant have your cake and eat it too! Do you want people working or do you want more homeless?

Feb 05, 2011 12:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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