Conn-Selmer is still on strike. A comment added today, on an earlier post, said the company is having a job fair to, presumably, hire replacement workers.
It sounds like the strike was caused, at least partly, over bad feelings about a failed lean implementation at that particular plant. Sad.
One striking worker said:
“Workers who have spent their adult lives at the company might be out of luck if the strike ends badly, Fruchey said.
“The company has asked us to learn jobs throughout our careers that you can’t use anywhere else,” he said. “I can’t make saxophone bells some place else. How about trombone slides? Where am I going to do that?””
It’s unfortunate that this worker sees his skill set as being so limited — making horns. With a more effective lean effort, one that engaged all employees and worked to develop them, this employee might have a more positive view of himself and would maybe have some more generally marketable skills (such as implementing lean!).
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