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In 2010, Fox TV in Detroit filmed 13 Chrysler workers from the Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit who were repeatedly drinking alcohol and smoking weed during working hours in a park near the plant. As expected, the 13 UAW workers were dismissed for getting high during their shifts. The dismissed workers filed grievances against Chrysler, and after two years, an arbitrator amazingly just decided in favor of the workers, citing insufficient conclusive evidence to uphold their dismissals, and all 13 workers have been reinstated.
For more information watch the video above, and see the report at the AutoBlog. Maybe the sad lesson here is that the UAW has so much power that it can even protect workers who have been filmed repeatedly violating company policies by drinking in public during work hours, in addition to engaging in illegal activities (smoking weed). With that kind of protection against bad behavior, maybe those union dues are worth paying? Seriously, this seems to be a case that represents the worst side of labor union power, and illustrates why a “right-to-work Michigan” will make the state a more business-friendly location, with a greater chance of attracting companies, business investment and jobs to Michigan.