Teamsters Against Chrysler

The Automotive News World Congress held at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center last week was "disturbed" by a group of Teamsters Union representatives who protested against Chrysler because of the manufacturer's moving away from the professional car-haul companies in search of cheaper ones.

The "disturbance" happened when Chrysler's CEO Sergio Marchionne held his speech. The protesters raised a banner attached to helium balloons reading "Fiat Chrysler: Damaged When Delivered?", a banner which remained visible during the entire speech.

The teamsters action comes in response of the "Damaged When Delivered?" attached in the PDF below, which highlights the lack of care when handling the vehicles.

"Fiat/Chrysler's actions to move work away from the professional, experienced companies that have safely delivered its cars for years threaten the jobs of 5,000 carhaul drivers," Teamster Carhaul Division Director Fred Zuckerman said.

"To save a few dollars per car, they are going to destroy a stable industry that provides good jobs and benefits. And they are also risking their new cars arriving at dealerships with hidden damages due to these cut-rate carriers hauling their vehicles improperly and unsafely."

The Teamsters are supported by the Consumer Action and Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS), who said "one of the most insidious problems American car buyers face is undisclosed damage to new vehicles, which may occur while they are being transported to dealership lots."
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