READ THE LEAD: Seasonal gloom at area employerPosted by Jack Howser on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 @ 12:10 pm.
There's nothing like a sad employment layoff story to bring home the reality that the holidays aren't always about fun and good cheer. Sometimes businesses use this time of year to reduce staff and save costs, all in an effort to control bottom line and produce the right set of numbers for the taxman as the end of the year approaches.
That doesn't make it any easier for those who count on that employer to provide the necessities of life, however.
That said, the woes continue to mount at one of the area's bigger employers, and we have the information that expands on a piece first presented here a few weeks ago. In the print version of Disclosure---as well as the e-Edition right here online---we give a follow up to what's going on at Champion Labs in Albion...as told from someone who's experiencing it first-hand. Here now is your first Read the Lead for today, "Holiday season blues at Edwards' biggest employer":
EDWARDS CO.—The seasonal bad news for Champion Laboratories and associated Fram Filter production in Albion has hit particularly hard this year, as it’s been confirmed that two dozen-some employees were laid off permanently the third week in November.
And reports are that it’s going to get worse.
On Wednesday, November 20, it was reported to Disclosure by Champion employees that 23 first shift personnel, ranging from supervisory to hourly but including those with higher-end paychecks, were pulled from duty and walked from the shops.
This resulted in shift supervisors having to oversee two lines instead of one, as the layoffs affected that group of personnel. Reports indicated that the second shift was hit with layoffs as well, although the number wasn’t made available as of press time.
The reports also indicated that as of Monday, November 25, two production lines on second shift were being totally shut down, and the company was reportedly preparing for a plant shut-down in the month of December….something that hasn’t been done for a number of years.
Worried employees are advising Disclosure that with the current hiring underway, it appears Champ is trying to cut costs by getting rid of higher-paid employees and bringing in starting-wage-level employees.
Unfortunately, with that comes inexperienced employees…and the facility, which manufactures after-market car air filters, is already suffering from some kind of brain drain, if the most recent reports are any indication.
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