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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

39 Whirlpool workers suspended for lying about their smoking status

All I can say is it's appalling that the Whirlpool folks are treating this as a serious offense. Rape is more of a serious offense. A worker lying about being a nonsmoker is not a serious offense (and that's putting it nicely).

If you smoke and you had to pay more money for insurance, wouldn't ypu lie about being a nonsmoker to your boss too?
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http://www.foxnews. com/story/ 0,2933,352112, 00.html

Whirlpool Corp. Suspends 39 Workers for Claiming to Be Nonsmokers
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Whirlpool Corp.'s Evansville plant has suspended
39 workers for smoking while claiming on their health insurance that
they were nonsmokers.

The company requires smokers to pay an extra $500 in insurance
premiums.

Company spokeswoman Debby Castrale says the workers were seen by
others smoking in designated smoking areas outside the plant.

She says Whirlpool considers falsifying company documents a very
serious offense. Final disciplinary action is pending fact-finding
meetings with each worker over the next few days.

Castrale says most of the suspensions were of production employees.
But she says more suspensions could come, possibly including some
administrative staff.

4 comments:

Jay said...

Whirlpool story

Here's a longa version of the story with a coments section. I agree with the comments on there that reflect on the facism going on in America. First it's smokers. Next, it's obese people and McDonald's.

It's still hilarious that lying about being a nonsmoker is a serious offense. Even these kids getting shot and killed in Chicago schools are closer to being REAL serious offenses.

Here's the URL.

http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/apr/22/whirlpool-pulls-39-nonsmokers/

Jay said...

That link in my "comment" didn't work. So here's the article's full text.
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Whirlpool pulls 39 'nonsmokers'

By Carol Wersich (Contact)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Thirty-nine production workers at Evansville's Whirlpool Corp. have been suspended for possibly continuing to smoke after they declared they were nonsmokers on health insurance forms in order to get a lower premium.

Smokers at Whirlpool pay an extra $500 in insurance premiums.

Company spokeswoman Debby Castrale confirmed the suspensions Monday. She said final disciplinary action was pending fact-finding meetings with each worker over the next few days.

"Falsification of company documents is one of the most serious offenses our employees can commit," she said.

"We treat it very seriously."

The suspensions were based on eyewitness confirmations that the 39 workers had continued to smoke at designated stations outside the plant since signing insurance enrollment forms in October.

Castrale said rumors that security cameras were used in identifying the workers were untrue.

More suspensions may come this week, involving more production workers and possibly some of the company's administrative staff, Castrale said.

"Last week we focused on production employees, but there could be more.

"We want to make sure everybody gets treated the same way. If we find out later we overlooked some employees, we will have to address them as well."

Whirlpool can't run with 39 fewer people, she said. The company has recalled 21 workers who were involuntarily laid off recently. In addition, 20 workers who have been on voluntary layoffs are due to return. The questions regarding an employee's smoking status have appeared on Whirlpool's insurance enrollment forms since 1996.

Castrale said it was uncertain whether the investigation will be broadened to include periods before last October.

News of the 39 suspensions comes on the heels of the dismissal in federal court of a case involving Whirlpool and employees who smoke.

A dispute that stemmed from an arbitrator's decision requiring Whirlpool to reimburse insurance surcharges to employees who smoked was voluntarily dismissed by both parties, with prejudice, in March.

The terms of the agreement were sealed, and Castrale said she couldn't divulge the terms of the agreement that led to the dismissal.

Whirlpool filed the complaint in October against Local 800, asking a federal judge to overrule an arbitrator's decision forcing the company to refund health insurance surcharges to employees who smoked.

The company had required its smoking employees to pay higher health insurance premiums during the past decade. The surcharges amounted to $750,000.

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