December 10, 2012 2:58 PM
We’ve seen a fair bit of social media discussion regarding
the return to work of 13 Chrysler Group LLC employees who were
dismissed from their jobs at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in
Detroit. We took that action after a September 2010 local news
report exposed the workers’ off-duty conduct.
The workers followed the grievance procedure process outlined in
the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Chrysler and the United
Auto Workers. The Company denied all of the grievances, leading us
to arbitrate the matter. After more than two years, an arbitrator
decided in the workers’ favor, citing insufficient conclusive
evidence to uphold the dismissals. This was a decision that
Chrysler Group does not agree with.
I want you to know that Chrysler Group does not condone, in any
way, this type of misconduct, but we’re in the tough spot of
having to accept the arbitrator’s decision, just as the Union
must when the ruling is in the favor of the Company
We take great pride in the quality and safety of every Chrysler,
Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat and SRT vehicle we build, and stand by it.
The behavior of these 13 individuals is, in no way, indicative of
the more than 27,000 men and women who work very hard, every day to
build our cars and trucks.
Chrysler has invested millions to upgrade our manufacturing
facilities and methods, through World Class Manufacturing. We take
very seriously the fact that our company was given a chance to
rebuild itself through the assistance of the federal government and
I respectfully ask you to look at this situation as an unfortunate
aberration and know that Chrysler does not take worker misconduct
lightly. We will always pursue the strongest and most appropriate
actions when this occurs.
We’re building some wonderful and exciting cars and trucks
with the highest degree of quality, safety, performance and
styling. I ask you to give us the chance to prove to you that you
can trust Chrysler Group products to serve you and your family
well, and with confidence. Thanks so much.
Senior Vice President Manufacturing/World Class Manufacturing
Chrysler Group LLC