Lear seeks cuts, cheap labor

Detroit Free Press:

“Southfield-based Lear Corp., which employs 9,400 workers in Michigan and about 100,000 more worldwide, fired its second warning flare this year on Monday that it will cut jobs and do more of its business in countries where labor is cheaper.”

Ah, cheap labor. I guess Lear is already as lean as they can be, that they have to now go chasing cheap labor? Good luck, I hope they’re able to reduce their total cost, that they don’t spend more shipping parts in from overseas. How will they respond to just-in-time delivery requirements from low cost countries? Management is making all kinds of threats, as if the problem is solely with labor. Nobody ever publicly threatens to replace an underperforming management team like that.

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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