Thread regarding General Electric Co. layoffs

Making Unions Productive - Real Scenario

A site has 100 maintenance employees that average 3.5 hrs/day of tool time. Six Sigma determines the rest of the time is ordering parts, gathering tools, etc. Response: hire one maintenance planner, one stores person to kit parts and one maintenance purchasing agent. Total cost $ 300K, Maintenance no longer ordering and securing parts, etc. Tool time increases to 6.8 hours a day. Lay off, or allow to bump 40 maintenance workers at $ 90,000 a year. Spend $ 300K to save $ 3,600,000. Stay lean baby!

Stay Lean it's the only way to compete globally!

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Who ever posted this must be one of those know it all wanna be union engineers. Scared to loose their job in a layoff. Frighten of the fact they will be lucky to make $17 an hour after GE life. So they posted this id--tic post hoping that some big wig would read it. Or some union rep would and present it to management. Another side deal? We’ll get ready nothing is stopping the layoff train in Schenectady

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Post ID: @6fhu+1eNMTFpb

LEAN equals Less Employees Are Needed!

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Post ID: @3dsg+1eNMTFpb

Ahhh lean.. how can we make your job easier so we can give you more work? Lean is all about making lazy employees work and work like robots..

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Post ID: @2qlc+1eNMTFpb

@1kms+1eNMTFpb, here's how I'd handle you, $ 3 million in union wage cost in a dept and 20% ($ 600K) must come out. I'd tell you 6S has identified the 20%, so I'd say tell me your options and it must come out of union labor, or i implement the 6S recommendation. My world view of collaboration :-)

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Post ID: @2lcw+1eNMTFpb

Six Sigma also destroyed Turbine Engineering and Turbine Assembly areas when they brought in bean counters with no product expertise to replace the experts and rearranged everything and became dysfunctional and low quality. Now GE can no longer make money because cost of low quality and high overhead instead of how it used to be before Six Sigma.

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Post ID: @1kms+1eNMTFpb

@1mvo+1eNMTFpb, at $ 38.50/hr and 2080 hours a year (52 weeks + 40 hours/wk) + cover for 4 weeks (160 hours) of vacation, that's $ 90,000.

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Post ID: @1auq+1eNMTFpb

Lean. Talk the talk, but do we really walk the walk?

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Post ID: @1eug+1eNMTFpb

$90k for spinning wrenches? What are you smoking there chief?

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Post ID: @1mvo+1eNMTFpb

@1cgq+1eNMTFpb, agreed a million times over. The IUE has Lean group but makes employers sign a no layoff pledge, so cost can only come out via attrition

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Post ID: @1nwg+1eNMTFpb

Makes sense to me. I would add in a quality component. If you want to keeps jobs in Schenectady, the union should be driving that whole process. It's clear that the Company doesn't get it. (It's been said on this site many times that the management is inept.) A huge opportunity for the union, squandered for years. Make yourselves invaluable and put yourselves in a position to make real financial demands.

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Post ID: @1cgq+1eNMTFpb

That is by far the d-mbest post I have ever read on here. Thanks

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