Caught on Tape! Video: Union Defense Factory Workers Who Build Armored Vehicles for Our Military Drink, Smoke Weed During Lunch

November 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

A forty and a blunt, Detroit union worker lunch break party favors.

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 SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) - We all pray for the safety of the brave men and women of the military. They put their lives on the line every day. But wait until you see some of the people that are building parts right here at home for their armored vehicles.

There’s a plant in Detroit called Tower Defense and Aerospace. The name itself gives you an idea what they do inside, but it’s what we caught them doing outside during their lunch break that will shock you.
Tower Defense officials respectfully declined an offer to view footage of the employees before this story aired. They say they are aware of the issue and have an ongoing investigation of their own. Human Resources Director Anthony Ewing tells FOX 2 they take this very seriously.

Update: After watching the story, Tower Defense and Aerospace responds to Fox 2 investigation. Tower officials say 17 employees have been “suspended pending discharge”.

Suspended pending discharge? With pay?

The WJBK video report:

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An excerpt of the full statement from Tower’s Executive Director, Investor & External Relations, Derek Fiebig, as reported by WJBK.

The story reported earlier this week by Fox 2 in Detroit highlighted a very serious issue of unacceptable and reckless employee misconduct that was already under investigation by the company. Working as expeditiously as possible within the bounds of the legal union contract, seventeen employees have been suspended pending discharge. In addition, we are working with the union to ensure that workers will no longer be allowed to leave the premises during the work day. These actions supplement the existing rigorous drug screening and background checks used by Tower to hire 150 new employees since acquiring this business.

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Madeleine Morgenstern at The Blaze reminds:

WJBK has a history of nabbing boozing plant workers. Last year, Chrysler fired 13 workers after the station caught them drinking and smoking pot during their lunch hour. In July, the station caught workers from the same plant doing the same thing, this time steps away from a union hall.