The remainder of the meeting was devoted to identification of the key issues that are impacting cost/performance. It was agreed that each item should be examined for root causes and improvement opportunities.
Following is a list of the issues and barriers that were identified:
- Lack of flexible work practices (for more than just trades) that impede using people's skills.
- Too many people and too many contract hours.
- Underlying desire to avoid reducing the work force.
- How to decrease the workforce through "packages".
- Poor scheduling & planning (eg. training the wrong people, training to fill hours)
- People are not clear if information they provide is being used or acted upon.
- Jurisdictional barriers.
- Lack of a gate hire policy.
- Need to "blank out" critical times.
- Management of time off.
- Length of shot downs (not within 12 hours).
- Too much pay for unskilled work.
- Powell River letter.
- Too many penalties paid for a continuous manufacturing operation.
- Department seniority.
- Gaps in training & trouble shooting skills.
- Lack of Rigour.
- Lack of clarity re: Goals and Accountability.
- Too many Supervisors hands on machines.
- Lack of empowerment throughout.
- Current culture is not accepting of change.
- Leadership is lacking.
- Ineffective contracting out.
- Inventory (too much or inappropriate)
- Unavailability of parts.
- Too many unplanned Breakdowns and repeat failures.
- Lack of Safety Leadership.
After developing this list it was agreed that each of these items will have to be quantified and just how any resolutions to these issues will help reduce the cost per ton.
The group did start to discuss some of these issues such as a "gate hire policy" and just what the advantages and disadvantages could be. It was agreed that this would not be utilized to solve long term hiring needs, and also would not adversely affect any future apprenticeship programs.
There was also some preliminary discussion on "Management of time off". The Wage Delegates will be meeting next week to explore our options for improvement on this issue.
The group has set a tentative schedule for future talks which will take us into the middle of October. We will be meeting again on Sept. 20th & 21st. Sept. 24th & 25th. Oct. 1st & 2nd. and Oct. 11th & 12th.
As you can all see by the list of "issues and barriers", some of these items will be very difficult to deal with but the Wage Delegates still remain optimistic that these discussions could be successful. But again, it is the membership of this Local that will ultimately make the decision on what direction we will take to secure a viable future for this mill. The Wage Delegates will make a report at the General Meeting on Sept. 17th and try to answer any question you may have.
Local 592 Wage Delegates
Pete Rayburn, Daryl De Rooy, Phil Guild
Ron Buchhorn, Kim Pedersen, Dale Shimell, Krista Tremblay