Subject changes to the reasonableness test
"It's not fair," Union Delegate Bill Southern protested to Maintenance Supervisor Jim Handy. "Coffee breaks on the honor system have been the policy here for as far back as I can remember.
"It's not fair," Union Delegate Bill Southern protested to Maintenance Supervisor Jim Handy. "Coffee breaks on the honor system have been the policy here for as far back as I can remember."
"I can't argue with that," Handy conceded, "but management feels it's time for a change."
"Maybe so, but not on a unilateral basis. The issue's negotiable. You can't suddenly decide a long established practice no longer applies."
"You can't fault management for that decision, Bill. People have been taking advantage of the honor system, with breaks of 30 min or more. You can't say that's honorable."
"No argument there. But let's be reasonable. Changing to two 8-min breaks a day is something we can't live with. We'd have no choice but to fight it."
Handy nodded. "I'll pass the word to Mr. Kramer and get back to you."
Question : If the union makes an issue of the unilateral change, what do you think the outcome would be?
Kramer's verdict: "Bill may have a point," Plant Engineer Alan Kramer told Handy. "Let's hear what Greta Brundage has to say."
When called, the company's attorney echoed Kramer's concern. "The key word is 'reasonable.' It's a matter of duration. We might conceivably get away with 10-min breaks unilaterally. But I doubt we could make any time under 10 min hold if this goes to arbitration."
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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.
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