Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 03:34:39 GMT
From: "Ray O" <rokigawanopsamNOSPAM.com>
Subject: Re: Toyauto vs Slaab : bottom line


<IleneDovernopsams.com> wrote in message news:3BC868A9.525D4EA5nopsams.com... > Thanks for your input. You certainly are entitled to your opinion but > you opinion is based on assumptions and your assumptions are not based > on fact. RWD engines and trannys are off line assembles, as well, but > the rear end and drive shaft are not. On line assembly in timed in > MINUTES. Off line is timed in tenths of HOURS. The economies of scale > are reflected in the wide range use of shared parts as well as the total > assembly TIME not the total numbed assembled. Ideally total on line > assembly is best from a cost standpoint, but not from a quality stand > point. If you want to improve quality of on line assemble you must slow > the line. The union contract has an effect on line speed. If you want > to see an example of that, watch the guys installing the head liner then > watch the guy installing wheels. > > Mike =========================== I agree with everything you wrote above but what does that have to do with cost? Also, Toyota plants in the US are non-union When the Kentucky plant opened, I read that Toyota's pay scale and benefits were better than union scale and benefits so when the UAW representatives came, they couldn't get enough votes. This is OT, but when I first started working in Toyota's San Francisco regional office, the parts distribution center workers were union. The workers voted to decertify because the pay raises were better from Toyota than on the union scale, Toyota's health benefits didn't cost anything to employees but they had to pay the union for benefits, the union didn't offer the employee vehicle purchase and lease plans and parts purchase plans that you could as a non-union employee. Ray O

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