Some recent headlines
seen on television and in newspapers across the country:
“Boeing Lays Off
“Ford Loses 1.5
Billion in the Last Quarter and Will Lay Off 15,000 in Their North American
Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.”
Is Losing Over Ten Million Dollars per Day and Announces the Layoff of 12,000
These are only a fraction
of the headlines we’ve seen in the past year. The recession has been devastating
to many industries and to the millions of employees who have lost their jobs.
In addition to the recession, thousands of businesses, and even complete industries,
have moved their manufacturing to China, Taiwan, Indonesia and other counties.
Our basic metals industries are a good example. Steel mills and foundries in
the U.S. are, for practical purposes, a thing of the past.
Can We Do To Fight Back?
- The first and most important
point to understand is that a business must make a profit. If it doesn’t
make a profit it will move manufacturing to another country (in search of
cheaper labor) or go out of business. In either case, all the U.S. workers
lose their jobs.
- Employees must improve
efficiency, cut waste and help cut expenses. They cannot wait, simply thinking
everything is OK, until the company begins to lose money and is ready to close
its doors. They must act now, and every day, to assure the profitability of
the company and to assure future employment.
- Machinery maintenance
is one of the main areas where expenses can be cut, and efficiency, production
and profits can be increased. When procedures are used that have been proven
to extend machinery and lubricant life, maintenance costs are substantially
reduced. With the machinery running more of the time, production and profits
are increased without any additional expenses. This adds up to additional
profits. With additional profits, companies can continue to pay competitive
wages as well as provide job security.
- While the U.S. is at
war against terrorism, we are also in another war - a war of survival for
manufacturing industries. We must call a truce to the past battles between
management and labor and work together to win the war of survival.