Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

August 24, 2012

Letters to the editor - Friday, Aug. 24, 2012

For the Kokomo Tribune

Marking 92 years of power to vote

Aug. 26 marks the 92nd anniversary of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. The League of Women Voters of Howard County will be busy preparing voters for this fall’s big election.

We are focused on protecting voting rights for all and making sure that everyone who is eligible to vote is able to. The League, which also was founded in 1920, does not support or oppose candidates and is not affiliated with any political party. We don’t tell you who to vote for; we just want everyone to exercise their right to vote.

Our foremothers understood that voting provided citizens the ability to have an impact on the critical issues facing their communities. We know that it all begins with getting registered. This fall, League members in Howard County will be registering voters, holding informational meetings on the township reorganization and hosting a political debate for Indiana House District 30.

To learn more about upcoming events and how to become a member of the League of Women Voters of Howard County, call Sandra Grant at 765-452-1035. For information about the election process, including polling place locations and hours, information directly from the candidates regarding their vision for America’s future, absentee ballot and early voting options, registration deadlines, ID requirements and much more, please visit www.vote411.org.

Sandra Grant


Work schedule hurts morale, productivity

Since the advent of the Absurd Work Schedule, it embarrasses me to tell people that I work for Chrysler LLC. I’m even more ashamed to admit that I pay union dues. I can’t really say that I am a union member, as I don’t seem able to get the representation those dues are supposed to guarantee.

Despite the mounting evidence that the alternate work schedule is an abysmal failure, both Chrysler and sold-you-out-house contend that it has been a success.

Twelve thousand builds lost in the first three weeks of July. Nine hundred thousand dollars in cost overruns the first two weeks of August. Sixty thousand units pulled from the “reserve” bank over a 10-week period to prevent shutting down an assembly plant. Numbers would have been even worse had it not been for the two-week model change-over shutdown at the assembly plants.

Thankfully, at least according to Chrysler and the United Against their Workers, AWS magically creates nearly eight more hours production on a 40-hour week than the old five-days-on-eight-hours schedule. You can see the obvious proof of this assertion in the desperation of production supervisors trying to make build quotas.

Despite massive overtime expense, KTP continues to lose ground. Morale has been crushed and productivity crippled by this mind-numbingly idiotic schedule. Family time has been drastically reduced, overtime increased and expense has skyrocketed. None of the purported advantages have come even remotely close to materializing.

New product coming to Kokomo was tentative upon the successful implementation of AWS. Poorly conceived, poorly planned and poorly implemented. Failure is guaranteed.

When Chrysler management does finally admit the failure, they will also deny responsibility. Kokomo and Howard County will suffer the consequence of lost jobs, not because those on the factory floor were uncooperative, but because they were deliberately set up to fail.

Terry L. Tidler