Ideas to help Maytag cut costs

Ideas to help Maytag cut costs
Date May 31, 2005
Section(s) Opinion
To the Editor,

This letter is a reply from an actively employed Maytager to the letter that was published on Thursday, May 26, from Lori Church.

I agree with her when she stated that if Mr. Hake wants to really cut costs in Newton at the Maytag plants, he needs to meet face to face with his employees. No one knows better than we how we can cut costs in our factories. Yes, we do have some ancient machinery in the plants, and yes, they do cost a lot to keep running. Sure we would like to work in a brand new plant with the best machinery available. After he would meet with us, then he would have to listen to us, not just blow us off!

Where I part ways with Lori is her statements about the people on “medical restriction.” I would estimate that 99.9 percent of these people (of which I have been one) do not purposely injure themselves so they can just “sit around and do nothing.” Yes, not being a productive member of the Maytag “Team” hurts us all, but if we didn’t have so many repetitive motion-type jobs and ergonomically incorrect jobs, there wouldn’t be so many of those types of injuries.

If Mr. Hake really wants to cut costs, tell him to stop making our die cast parts in Mexico. Having worked at the Northeast Marching Center (NEMC or Plant 8 to those who work at Maytag) since 1989, I have never seen so much die cast scrap! We truck it here from Mexico, sort out the junk (maybe 50 percent of it) then truck it back to Mexico to be reground, melted and made into more junk to bring back up here.

There are many more items that we are trucking all over the country that I could go into but due to space limitations I won’t. I, and many of the present day Maytagers I know, feel, that Lori Church owes all the hard-working people in the plants an outright apology. I would say to her, when you know what you are talking about, then you can feel free speak out. Unless that is the case, keep your opinions to yourself. We already have enough troubles as it is.

Twenty years and counting.

Patrick L. Blythe



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