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Chrysler suspends 15 workers over rules violations

by Bill Cawthon on

Chrysler has identified all 15 Jefferson North plant employees caught on video drinking and using drugs on their lunch break. All of the employees have been suspended without pay and the decision on whether to terminate or reinstate them could come as soon as Monday, according to company spokeswoman Jodi Tinson.

Chrysler has strict policies governing employees who are under the influence of, or possess, alcoholic beverages and any drugs, other than those prescribed by a physician, when on company property or operating company vehicles. The United Auto Workers’ union also opposes use of alcohol or drugs, citing it as a safety issue. Both the automaker and the union say impaired workers present a danger to themselves and other employees.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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