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