UPDATE 6:00PM EDT
From the Fox 2 story on Chrysler Group’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant, the Company was able to identify all 15 employees captured on video. Within 36 hours of learning about this matter, each one of the employees was suspended indefinitely without pay. While the evidence seems conclusive, the Company needs to act in accordance with corporate protocol before further action is taken. We expect that by Monday, each of these cases will be dispositioned.
Background: A story broadcast last night by the Detroit
Fox affiliate regarding inexcusable behavior by some workers at the
Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) is sparking a torrent of
discussion online and on the air, but not more than right here at
Chrysler Group LLC headquarters.
To be sure, we are very disturbed by this story.
Even before the story aired, based on on-air promos, we identified several workers appearing in the story, and immediately suspended them indefinitely without pay. Several more were dealt with the same way today, after we examined the video, and we’re continuing to identify others and deal with them accordingly, with no delay.
To be very clear, Chrysler Group has a strict employee code of conduct and does not condone this behavior.
We take great pride in our Jefferson North plant and the more than 2,500 people who work every day to build world-class products. We have processes in place to ensure that only the highest quality vehicles reach our customers. In fact, we’ve invested $686 million in the plant and the products it produces.
In fact, as the plant prepared to produce a new line of SUVs with world-class quality, it underwent a complete transformation as part of World Class Manufacturing—that ‘s an extensive and thorough process to restore all Chrysler Group facilities to their original and maximum functionality.
JNAP employees have gone through nearly 45,000 hours of
training, and have planned and executed hundreds of projects aimed
at improving the work environment, maximizing quality, minimizing
waste and preparing for the new product. We want both taxpayers and
consumers to know, we take very seriously our responsibility to
your safety, satisfaction and investment, and we promise you, we
will continue to act swiftly and decisively to correct any
situation at odds with that commitment.