- Tower Automotive Tool LLC12.Nov 2015
The union and management never seemed to agree. The union was always looking for ways to sabotage production.
Support from management
My supervisors were mostly professional in their duties.
In my department on second shift we knew it would be better for all of us to work together.
Biweekly meetings were informative and helpful. In the press room where I worked the employees voluntarily met with management before the shift to plan production.
Women were encouraged and were some of the most productive employees.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Senior workers were hired if they had skills. Management seemed out to get some of the long term employees not always with good reason I felt.
Management talked a good game at meetings. All the promotions seemed to go to management or important union people's relatives.
Overall compensation for your work
The two tiered wage system was terrible. I had to work 48 hours a week just to survive in a state of poverty.
Office / Work Environment
Great emphasis was placed on keeping the shop clean where it was possible.
Management was very socially aware. The union people could be very rude and insulting.
The factory was very old. The machines broke continuously. Management would force employees to work for months at a time when with no days off when demand was high.
Regionalaly it was good. Locally especially with the new hires it was terrible.
When I was there we had a lot of work. I choose to work in a department where layoff was unlikely.
There were no handicapped employees when I worked there. If you got hurt and were put on light duty you got a screwoff job.
This is the only thing management and the union work well together on. Safety training is always being carried out. Because of additional safety training I have had, I can pick many OSHA violations that would not necessarily in danger production workers.
Management encouraged employees to try new things. The union advised employees to do as little as possible.
Inclusive / Diverse
Women were encouraged to try any position they wanted. There were no black employees when I worked there, and we were the only plant not to celebrate MLK day.
Suggestions for improvement
- Bring up the wages of the tier two employees. Get more apprenticeships to people who are talented not connected. I feel the only chance for the long term survival of this factory is to run out the United steel workers.
What I like about the company
Managements efforts to keep the factory safe and productive. The attitudes of many long term employees who new the factory needed to be productive so we could all keep our jobs.
What I dislike about the company
The union bullying of tier two employees. Skilled trades lack of effort at keeping machines running( this was in part due to the union attitudes of we need to screw the company whenever we can.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyTower Automotive Tool LLC
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2014