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In the May 1998 issue of Plant Engineering, Human Side of Engineering presented "The Uncommon Side: The slow learner -- Part I." In that case, four maintenance employees had taken the qualifying test to become Electrician Grade I.
In the May 1998 issue of Plant Engineering, Human Side of Engineering presented "The Uncommon Side: The slow learner -- Part I." In that case, four maintenance employees had taken the qualifying test to become Electrician Grade I. Three qualified; Joe Chernoff was the only rejectee. He had completed only 3/4 of the hand-on section, and about 2/3 of the written part. Chernoff claimed that he had Attention Deficit Disorder and under the Americans with Disabilities Act, he should have been given extra time to complete the test. Maintenance Foreman Harry Altshuler disagreed and refused to let him finish the test. Chernoff threatened to file a grievance if he was not given special consideration under ADA.
Cases for "The Uncommon Side" are drawn from actual plant experiences. If you have a problem in human relations or labor relations on which you'd like professional opinions and the viewpoints of others, we'd like to hear from you. Names and situations are changed to protect the privacy of the person who presents the problem.
If your problem is chosen for publication, Plant Engineering magazine will send you a check for $100. Write to Human Side of Engineering, Plant Engineering magazine, 1350 E. Touhy Ave., P.O. Box 5080, Des Plaines, IL 60017-5080.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey