Friday, September 24, 2010

Must Be Nice to Drink and Smoke Dope on the Job

We spent billions of dollars so that all those UAW/Auto jobs wouldn't be lost. Really? Video: Chrysler's UAW Jeep workers taped drinking, smoking pot - Drive On: A conversation about the cars and trucks we drive - So these jobs are just so important to the US economy, that people can be drunk and/or stoned and do the work.

So Obama pays a visit to a Chrysler plant. I would say it is a campaign visit, because that is all he knows how to do.
The investigation started five days after the president's visit. The cameras caught workers leaving on their half-hour lunch break to head to the liquor store, and take off to a nearby park. The cameras even followed them into the liquor store to confirm the bottles in the bags were actually alcohol.

When the reporter approached the workers, asking them about their lunchtime partying, they dashed into their cars and drove away.
USA Today cites a book from the late 90s to say "this is nothing new." People are drunk on the job all the time.

And people wonder why I still won't buy a car from Government Motors. (And no, that doesn't only include General Motors.)

The thing I found fascinating is that some folks on Fox News were falling all over themselves to say "this isn't the average Chrysler worker." So these are just the bad apples? Can't insult the UAW, I guess.

So here is my two cents:
  1. These workers should be fired, not suspended without pay. But then the unions wouldn't like that.
  2. Both Chrysler and GM should have been let go through bankruptcy. If they survive, fine, if not, fine. But spending billions so a couple of second-rate companies could stay in business is ridiculous. There are no shortage of car manufacturers in the world or even in the US. Others would have stepped in to fill the void.
  3. The unions ended up with sweetheart deals, which apparently explains why union members think is OK to drink and get stoned during the work day. There are no negative consequences for bad productivity after all.
If the decision was left to the market, I would never have invested in GM or Chrysler. Too bad our government no longer believes in free markets.

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