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Union "Victory": Chrysler Reinstates 13 Workers Fired for Drinking on the Job

Dot462 Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 4:59 PM
This type of ruling is the main reason why employers should not agree to binding arbitration in union contracts. Arbitrators are trained to compromise. They are not bound by rules of evidence, as in a court. Unfortunately, if employers become intransigent about an issue like this, in which these employees were on video drinking out of bottles hidden in paper bags and smoking what looked like home-rolled cigarettes (maybe something other than tobacco?), the NLRB regulations require the employer to pretty much give in or face a violation of not bargaining in good faith. "Good faith" means there must be a compromise, which I suppose in this case is loss of wages for a long time (maybe two years?).

The following story proves what common sense has long ago suggested, that unions have outlived any possible usefulness and they are also hugely counterproductive to the goal of getting any work done.

Please consider the Detroit News article Chrysler reinstates 13 workers fired for drinking on job.

Chrysler Group LLC says it was forced to reinstate 13 workers who were fired from its Jefferson North Assembly Plant two years ago after being filmed by a local television station...