Beyond Combative Labor Relations Some Companies Are Diluting Top-Down Management to Involve Workers in Decisionmaking
Mark Trumbull, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
LATE last year was crunch time at Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation. Its cavernous Trentwood Works - 60 roofed acres in Trentwood, Wash., built to fabricate aluminum for World War II aircraft - was in trouble.
The problem: a downturn in defense/aerospace business coupled with industry overcapacity in beverage-can sheet, which accounts for two-thirds of the plant's output. With Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) closing a plant in Indiana, and another rival slashing two-thirds of its work force at a Chicago-area unit, something had to change fast at Trentwood.
So instead of imposing a fix from the top, as in previous downturns, Kaiser managers decided to …
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Publication information: Article title: Beyond Combative Labor Relations Some Companies Are Diluting Top-Down Management to Involve Workers in Decisionmaking. Contributors: Mark Trumbull, writer of The Christian Science Monitor - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: August 1, 1994. Page number: 8. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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