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.

09/01/1998


"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."





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Safer human-robot collaboration; 2017 Maintenance Survey; Digital Training; Converting your lighting system
IIoT grows up; Six ways to lower IIoT costs; Six mobile safety strategies; 2017 Salary Survey
2016 Top Plant; 2016 Best Practices on manufacturing progress, efficiency, safety
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
What controller fits your application; Permanent magnet motors; Chemical manufacturer tames alarm management; Taking steps in a new direction
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; Paralleling switchgear generator systems
Package boilers; Natural gas infrared heating; Thermal treasure; Standby generation; Natural gas supports green efforts

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

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
This article collection contains several articles on preventing compressed air leaks and centrifugal air compressor basics and best practices for the "fifth utility" in manufacturing plants.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
click me