OK Let me get this Straight!!!!!  

ohcurious14 59M
1225 posts
9/4/2006 4:03 pm

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OK Let me get this Straight!!!!!

For those of you who don't know, I work at Caterpillar in the Print Shop as a Binder. The machine I run is 14 years old. It is in dire need of a whole hell of a lot of maintenance but of course is not a priority. For some strange reason, they deem it not feasible to take the machine down to make it work better and what time and production is lost while it is down can be gotten back with maintenance and a better efficiency. We have binders meetings every week and the communication is very good, but.......

some issues such as production numbers & maintenance go on deaf ears. We are constantly told, "don't worry about your production numbers, they are not looking at them anyhow. Well guess what? I found out last night they are looking at the production numbers, can you believe that?

Here is what I have issue with; How can we, as Binding Operators be held responsible for something we actually have no control over? Since these machines are all mechanical, most of the issues are out of our control for the most part. Yes, there is some setting up that does require that we do properly, but that is second nature at this point now.

My question is this? Is this fair? Unfair? Bullshit? Misleading?


9/4/2006 4:40 pm

It's unfair, misleading and a bunch of bullshit. I would suggest documenting the times you talked to management about the issue...dates, times, who, etc... If you happened to email management, then print a copy of that email(s) and save them. Get all of your ducks in a row just in case you have to justify your position to anybody.

OboesHonedIambs 62F

9/4/2006 7:19 pm

You must always assume they are looking at production, so CYA. Do any of the meeting minutes have printer issues on the agenda as a discussion item? Is this formally done? And yes, BICURINT2006 had good advice about documenting stuff. Also if you can go into those meetings with Dollars and Cents breakdowns of what it costs them in lost productivity due to the machine being off line as well as labor, as well as emergency repair costs compared to regular maintenance maybe y'all can get 'er done. The bottom line is, after all, the bottom line.

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buddhamike 106M
7006 posts
9/5/2006 10:39 am

It isn't fair. But then, where does it say life will be fair?

ButteryDelight 58F

9/20/2006 8:40 am

Sounds like the typical bull&*$# that goes on between management and the workers.

ohcurious14 59M
1683 posts
9/20/2006 10:48 am

Evidently my balking has paid off and I am being listened to. persistence and validity along with some documented proof has presented itself an opportunity to allow me to have a say so in the new guidelines and I've also been informed that I will be awarded the rights to operate the new machine. I couldn't be happier.

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