Friday, November 19, 2010

That's why they get paid the big bucks...?

...well,they made an executive decision at the plant,today it's official with our company meeting,and "thanksgiving lunch",left lowercase on purpose!...

...as the "economy" improves,we have went from six and/or five day weeks,to "no more than forty hours" weeks,to four day(32 hr) weeks...this week i had to shitcan a whole crew,they dropped us to three day weeks,gave me two crews,to work twelve hour shifts..."be happy,now you 'guys' will get thirty six hours...instead of just thirty two"
...?...
...anyway,we'll have the meeting,they'll snowball the sheep,only about five of us twenty nine souls there,have awakened to their plight...the 'suits' have been in,i'm assuming bankers..."we're gonna save twenty percent on our energy bill,while maintaining our customer requirements"...bullshit...anyone who has knowledge of plastics knows,heating up is expensive,maintaining temps are cheap by comparison,cold start ups are the killer,'downtime/restarts' is the killer,our machinery are quite large,limited down time,even a couple days,those presses don't "cool off" that much...but four days(?) in the cold season(?)..."energy savings" my ass,it'll cost'em more..."requirements" shrinking...to a 72 hr runtime,versus 96...
..."hello,things are not good for you guys"...but most of them say,"this is cool,more hours,more days off work,we're happy..."...BAAaaaaaa,BAaaaa

...God Help Us...

...anyway,after today,i'm on vacation,two weeks...use'em before i lose'em...plus i got a ton of things to do to prep for the cold season...

...GodBlessMyRepublic...

9 comments:

Catman said...

Wow. When I was in college I did a stint working in a plastics plant. We made all kinds of plastic boxes.

Weird how so many of us have paths that cross in such odd ways.

Hope you fare well with all the crap going on.

Ken said...

...hey Catman,right now,it's injection molding,engineering resins(not really "plastic" anymore)...25 yrs in several processes...the industry slowly off shored,for the moment valuable,but who knows...

HermitJim said...

Hey, enjoy the vacation, brother! Bummer about the screw ups at the job...seems to be getting more and more like that all over!

I'm just glad that I'm retired so I don't have to fight that battle anymore!

Good luck to ya!

chinasyndrome said...

Ken,good luck Bro! We see this in our business too,they spend thousands to save pennies!You seem like a smart dude,if the writing is on the wall Read it!

China
III

Ken said...

...mornin'Jim,don't worry,i'll fight the battle twice,just to keep ya out of it,i really think "retirement" will be phased out before i get there...

...hey China,good mornin'to ya...remember the ol'sayin' "step over a dollar,to pick up a dime" ???
...well it sure applies to these knuckleheads that "manage" us...

Mayberry said...

Don't sound too good Brother... Yeah, we're "saving energy" by pulling bulbs out of outdoor lighting. The first time somebody trips over something and breaks an arm or leg on night shift, those couple bucks they saved will disappear real fast...

Ken said...

...evenin'Mayb'...me and the head cat in maintenance are 'original crew'...i've seen the light bills,66-68K per mnth...about half our capacity or less,savings to be had aren't "downtime related",runnin'full bore it's in the 100K range...

SciFiChick said...

Sometimes you just have to wonder what the heck. Leave it to the "suits" and things start going downhill REAL fast.

Ken said...

...hey Sci,yer right,i've been working here during both buyouts,this may well be a third...or possibly the liquidation of assets,that we fear it is...?