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It’s a Marriage, Company and Workers

News reports, depending on which you read, say that we are expected to recover in the next half with unemployment peaking in early 2010. While that’s not what I consider great news it is certainly encouraging news. We have made the hard decisions. We are about to come out on the other side. But things are sure different now.

The greatest challenge facing employers all over America, large Corporations to small job shops, is the rising cost of hospitalization. It’s hard for me to understand how anything can increase in cost at a rate of 11% each and every year. It would seem that eventually it would level out, but it doesn’t. Companies are saddled with this rising cost over which they have no control .

The working man and woman is caught in the middle.

If these companies can not reign in these rising cost of health care they will eventually be in the same boat as General Motors, Chrysler and Ford. Employees will be getting laid off. Workforces will be downsized. Either one means someone has lost their job, therefore their health care.

I wish I had the answer, but I don’t. National Health care is not the answer. Employee funded health care would send a lot into bankruptcy. And the companies can not continue to shoulder these rising costs.

One idea would be fully covered Government health care for those that are retired. This would give the companies the break they need and allow them to hire more workers at a living wage which would increase the amount of taxes being collected by the Federal Government.

But the other reality that this has, hopefully , taught us is that we as Americans need to be more responsible in our own finances. I will openly admit that I haven’t always been the most responsible person when it comes to my finances. Hell, I had the money and I spent it. But times change, circumstances change and we MUST change with the times or get left behind.

We, as workers, must work harder and smarter. The days of one man running one machine are gone. We MUST be a diversified workforce, able to run multiple machines and have multiple skills. We MUST be a workforce that comes to work everyday and gives an honest days work.

Now, please don’t think I’m saying that all American workers are lazy, I’m not. But you know who you are and if your honest with yourself perhaps you will see yourself in the above statement.

The relationship between employer and employee is a lot like a marriage, there;s give and take. We, as a workforce need to realize that the company can not always be the one giving. Wages can not continue to rise. Look at the example below.

Joe has worked at X Company for thirty years and makes 16.00 an hour.

The wage increase that everyone wants is at least .25 each and every year.

Now Dan starts and wants to start at the same wage as Joe is making, 16.00 an hour

Dan wants a .25 raise every year. and he works there for thirty years just like Joe.

That means that Dan is now making 23.50 an hour after thirty years.

Now Leroy gets hired and wants the exact same treatment.

At the end of thirty years Leroy is making 31.00 an hour.

Where does it end.

We as workers must shoulder some of the responsibility ourselves. It’s not up to the Company to shoulder everything. We must realize that they have bills just like us, gas, electric,water and sewage, telephone and property taxes. When we complain about our 400.00 dollar gas bill they are looking at a 64,000 dollar gas bill. The high cost of tooling and supplies are one area where we the employee can help. Don’t waste materials, don’t produce inferior parts, help maintain the machine by keeping it oiled and greased.

It may be that you don’t like the company you work for and if that is true find another job. Face facts your not happy and your more than likely not the employee you should be. Find a job that gives you the fulfillment you need. Find a job where you can contribute something and be an asset to the company and your self.

Yes you paid for that house or that car with hard earned money, but the company gave you the avenue to earn that money. Because you have a job your children don’t go to bed hungry. It’s not always the fault of the company that you need 10 or more hours of overtime each week in order to make it. The fact of the matter is your living above your means. That is most certainly not the fault of the company. And then there is always the case of when the company needs you to work overtime your complaining that all you do is work. but in truth you spend that extra money on wide screen TVs or a place to park your camper instead of paying down bills like you should.

Yes, it’s true you work and provide for your family. But if the company can not survive because of rising costs, some of which you can help control, then you will be out of a job and unable to provide for your family.

It’s a marriage, the relationship between a company and it’s employees. A husband and wife work together for the good of the family unit. So should the company and the employee.



It’s a Marriage, Company and Workers


It’s a Marriage, Company and Workers

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News reports, depending on which you read, say that we are expected to recover in the next half with unemployment peaking in early 2010. While that’s not what I consider great news it is certainly encouraging news. We have made the hard decisions. We are about to come out on the other side. But things are sure different now.

The greatest challenge facing employers all over America, large Corporations to small job shops, is the rising cost of hospitalization. It’s hard for me to understand how anything can increase in cost at a rate of 11% each and every year. It would seem that eventually it would level out, but it doesn’t. Companies are saddled with this rising cost over which they have no control .

The working man and woman is caught in the middle.

If these companies can not reign in these rising cost of health care they will eventually be in the same boat as General Motors, Chrysler and Ford. Employees will be getting laid off. Workforces will be downsized. Either one means someone has lost their job, therefore their health care.

I wish I had the answer, but I don’t. National Health care is not the answer. Employee funded health care would send a lot into bankruptcy. And the companies can not continue to shoulder these rising costs.

One idea would be fully covered Government health care for those that are retired. This would give the companies the break they need and allow them to hire more workers at a living wage which would increase the amount of taxes being collected by the Federal Government.

But the other reality that this has, hopefully , taught us is that we as Americans need to be more responsible in our own finances. I will openly admit that I haven’t always been the most responsible person when it comes to my finances. Hell, I had the money and I spent it. But times change, circumstances change and we MUST change with the times or get left behind.

We, as workers, must work harder and smarter. The days of one man running one machine are gone. We MUST be a diversified workforce, able to run multiple machines and have multiple skills. We MUST be a workforce that comes to work everyday and gives an honest days work.

Now, please don’t think I’m saying that all American workers are lazy, I’m not. But you know who you are and if your honest with yourself perhaps you will see yourself in the above statement.

The relationship between employer and employee is a lot like a marriage, there;s give and take. We, as a workforce need to realize that the company can not always be the one giving. Wages can not continue to rise. Look at the example below.

Joe has worked at X Company for thirty years and makes 16.00 an hour.

The wage increase that everyone wants is at least .25 each and every year.

Now Dan starts and wants to start at the same wage as Joe is making, 16.00 an hour

Dan wants a .25 raise every year. and he works there for thirty years just like Joe.

That means that Dan is now making 23.50 an hour after thirty years.

Now Leroy gets hired and wants the exact same treatment.

At the end of thirty years Leroy is making 31.00 an hour.

Where does it end.

We as workers must shoulder some of the responsibility ourselves. It’s not up to the Company to shoulder everything. We must realize that they have bills just like us, gas, electric,water and sewage, telephone and property taxes. When we complain about our 400.00 dollar gas bill they are looking at a 64,000 dollar gas bill. The high cost of tooling and supplies are one area where we the employee can help. Don’t waste materials, don’t produce inferior parts, help maintain the machine by keeping it oiled and greased.

It may be that you don’t like the company you work for and if that is true find another job. Face facts your not happy and your more than likely not the employee you should be. Find a job that gives you the fulfillment you need. Find a job where you can contribute something and be an asset to the company and your self.

Yes you paid for that house or that car with hard earned money, but the company gave you the avenue to earn that money. Because you have a job your children don’t go to bed hungry. It’s not always the fault of the company that you need 10 or more hours of overtime each week in order to make it. The fact of the matter is your living above your means. That is most certainly not the fault of the company. And then there is always the case of when the company needs you to work overtime your complaining that all you do is work. but in truth you spend that extra money on wide screen TVs or a place to park your camper instead of paying down bills like you should.

Yes, it’s true you work and provide for your family. But if the company can not survive because of rising costs, some of which you can help control, then you will be out of a job and unable to provide for your family.

It’s a marriage, the relationship between a company and it’s employees. A husband and wife work together for the good of the family unit. So should the company and the employee.


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