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To: HiTech RedNeck
Traditional management can’t coordinate something like that?

I gotta tell ya, I only worked with them peripherally, so I don't have all of the particulars.

But a large percentage of the people worked unusual hours. The company required a lot of "ramping up" and "ramping down" of their employee base - for instance during their busy time the facility would be working three shifts, all out, for a month or two. Then within a matter of a week or so, the facility would be back down to basic 8-5 operations, or even just a skeleton crew over the holidays.

So, all of these "part-time" (I guess you could call them that) employees joined a "union" and paid dues into it. The union maintained benefits for all of the people on a year-round basis, regardless of whether the employees were on a full time, part time, or "no time" status. And that eliminated a headache for the company as well, and maintained a solid base of workers locally.

I probably don't have all of the specifics, but it made sense to me when one of the managers I was working with explained it.

40 posted on 06/06/2012 2:35:37 PM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

Sounds almost like a union in name only. There are janitorial contract houses that do something similar, except they wouldn’t have exclusionary privileges in a geographic area like unions generally do. And the workers, however grunt and lowly, would be considered “management.”


41 posted on 06/06/2012 2:47:20 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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