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Where Is That Story?
On the cover of the April 2017
issue, on the le; side, I read
“Secrets of reinvigorating a job
shop.” However, I’m not sure
which article that refers to.
Nothing in the table of contents
has the same title.
I find that o;en with The FABRICATOR. I see something on the cover that grabs my interest, but then
the index doesn’t have it.
I imagine that it’s because of an e;ort to have another description that might garner attention. Unfortunately, it loses me somewhere along the line.
Can you tell me which article is tied to that cover
Foreman Fabricators Inc.
Editor’s Note: That cover plug was referencing “The
many ways that ATECH-SEH keeps earning customers’ respect,” p. 62. We’ll work harder in the future
to make the connections between those cover plugs
and feature titles more clear.
The Safe Side of
Editor’s Note: The April 2017 edition of the “
Fabricating Update” e-newsletter referenced a story from
Bloomberg Businessweek that discussed the dangerous conditions of automotive manufacturing supplier
plants in the South. That moved one person to write
about safety conditions in their own facilities.
Thanks for this opportunity to report on our
company, because since I have joined Metal Science Technologies several months ago, I have spent
some time observing and auditing our practices,
our culture, and the environment. “I would like to
work in a place like this!”—that’s my first standard.
We could always be more diligent about safety
precautions (such as near-miss reporting, recognizing near-misses, and one-o; “exceptions”), but we
work safely and support each other. We are very
small with a total workforce of fewer than 10, and as
we scale up our production, we will be challenged
to build atop this good foundation.
Our technology has always been top-shelf, and
our production includes laser cutting and additive
manufacturing to maintain our edge of producing
world’s-best technology in a lean startup model.
Metal Science Technologies
The Debate on
Editor’s Note: The March 2017 edition of the “
Fabricating Update” e-newsletter discussed a blog post on the
fabricator.com that tackled the issue of undocumented workers in U.S. manufacturing. Some opinions on
this hot topic were shared in the Readers’ Forum section of the May 2017 issue. Here are some more.
Should we just continue to allow people to come
here illegally and take low-paying jobs just so they
can hide and survive, which also fills a need in manufacturing?
Do all companies within the same industry hire illegals, or are only some doing that, which thereby
gives them an unfair advantage?
Wages will find their own level based on supply of
workers willing to perform the job for that pay rate.
If the illegals were removed, do you think the plants
hiring would just close their doors, or will they have
to raise their rates and compete with the other companies that follow the law and only hire legal workers?
If someone came into your house illegally and
without your permission, how long would they have
to stay in your house before they are there legally?
How would you feel if an illegal was o;ered your
job for half the pay in exchange for the employer not
reporting them, thereby forcing you out of your job?
How would you feel if another company started
up doing the same business as the one you work for,
but only charged a fraction of the cost for advertising because they hired illegals, thereby forcing your
company to close?
This is what illegal workers do to jobs and businesses. It allows an unfair advantage to the companies that do not follow the law. And you have to
wonder if they don’t follow that law, what other
laws are they breaking?
I hear talk about how this a;ects the top-tier companies, business owners, and the illegal immigrants, and I can only educate myself to the possible impacts that deportation causes without really
knowing for sure how it will impact America.
What I can state as a fact is that both my wife and
I are impacted by the stagnant wages caused by the
current conditions and are living at the same income standards as we were in 2003, even though we
have continuously moved forward with education.
Prices for consumer goods and services keep rising
all the while the disparity between corporate-level
incomes and worker incomes keeps growing.
Do you think that this may be a result of using illegal immigrants with substandard wages? I do, and
in closing I would just like to state this is not a discrimination issue. Since when do people, whether
they are corporations or persons who are not citizens, get to decide when they have to abide by our
nation’s laws? Against the law should be against the
Ronald J. Shampo