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Boeing Workers Blame Lean for Shopfloor Cuts

Press-Telegram – News:

It sounds like a compelling argument from the union.

“Jacki Harris, president of United Aerospace Workers Local 148, said she agrees with the Boeing concept of lean manufacturing, but job cuts shouldn’t just come from the hourly side of the ledger.

‘I understand their practice and theory, but they are creating jobs over here in salaried positions all the time. That’s why I’m not happy,’ Harris said. ‘If you’re gonna cut, you have to cut some salaried people, too. They need to practice lean in management, too.'”

I’ve seen the Boeing “5S” Video, but I’ve never seen the Boeing “motivate people and your lean efforts by doing hourly layoffs every time your customer asks for a lower price” video. ;-)

Seriously, I think everyone knows by now that true lean, continuous improvement, engaged workforce kind of improvements will NOT continue if management cuts heads, whether it’s the result of kaizen efforts or just because management wants to “cut costs”.

The article doesn’t say program volumes are going down, that’s about the only good reason to have to cut heads. It just says the government demands a lower cost. Thank you government.

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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 eBook 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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