Some of the bakery equipment is sitting in the back store room. As this is an expensive exercise to replace parts, Ms Jones and her staff have been operating one oven short for the past four weeks. This shortage of equipment has also led to the quality of the cupcakes being comprised. Upon delivery to the clients with their goods, there has been some angst about the quality of the item. Ms Jones has blamed this on her faulty equipment and consequentially, as clients are dissatisfied with the service offered by Cupcakes Galore, have withdrawn their future contracts.
Wal-Mart is a large monopoly that is rampaging through the world economy in disastrous ways. Many small town family owned businesses lost everything when a Wal-Mart was built nearby. The Hunter family owned a family business for 43 years and they were doing well until Wal-Mart came to town, which caused them to go out of business. Don Hunter said “Wal-Mart forces people out of business [and] the value of [their] building decreased greatly” after the Wal-Mart was built near by (Wal-Mart). Another man stated that Wal-Mart “steals hometown quality in a business that they will never be able to get back” (Norman qtd.
2008, 1) The Line Foremen found themselves in non-union positions, responsible for ever-growing production quotas, untrained managers responsible for personnel issues, and administrative tasks. They held most of the responsibility and had little authority; as personnel the unions handled issues with their crews of hourly workers. Treadway did little to train the people in this position to deal the high stress environment and found itself faced with high turnover numbers in this pivotal position- a clear hindrance to the modernized Lima plant taking a number slot in productivity. Additionally, the line foremen found themselves without support from upper management who had come up from similar ranks- who held the we did so you can to attitude. Also there was a hierarchy that didn’t allow for upper management and the line foreman to mingle or be friends- thus making social situations awkward and adding additional strain to the management team/ line foreman relationships.
“Let a man so much as scrape his finger pushing a truck in the pickle rooms, and he might have a sore that would put him out of the world (lead to his death)”, as stated in document 1. There’s no reason that should be happening. Also, workers were receiving low pay and working very long work days, until laws were put in requiring workers to get 1 day of rest, as stated in Document 7. The government didn’t just decide to have this happen one day, they were largely influenced by Progressives. Besides this, workers would get abused by higher forces if they weren’t working as they should, and one minimal mistake could take their fingers off.
Though John had sympathy for the family pressures she was facing, but her unpleasant behavior was affecting the efficiency of the entire team and the organization. On the other hand, Andy another employee with CES and a team member for the waste management committee, made it worse by creating negativity in the mind of Vincent on the very first day of his office. Vincent resigned his earlier job because of the internal politics and did not want the same issues again. Vincent tough tried in altering Gwen’s job description but knew she won’t be satisfied with that too. John’s inability to anticipate issues and take up steps to resolve the conflict arising due to the Vincent’s presence is harming the output of the organization.
There were a good number of labor unions during the late 19th century and they all seemed to have different needs. This disunity within the labor movement was extremely detrimental and is without a doubt one of the reasons why organized labor was not successful in improving the position of workers. Discrimination based on race or gender within labor unions fueled much of the disunity in the labor movement of the late 1800’s. Almost every major labor union in the US during this time discriminated against some group. The Molly Maguires, AFL, American Railway Union, and National Labor Union all refused to grant membership regardless of race, gender or skill level.
All three were defeated by federal troops, showing the government’s unsympathetic views toward the workers. Because of these strikes and the Haymarket Riot, which the Knights of Labor were associated with, (Coroners list of the Killed, Pittsburg, PE, July 7, 1892; Document G,) the support of organized labor decreased greatly. This was because labor unions would then be seen as having communist interests and values. Too many groups were trying to control the labor interest, resulting in no single one of them succeeding (Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, January 8, 1887; Document F.) Organized labor was not very successful, maybe even harmful, in improving the positions of workers the last 25 years of the 19th century. Union strikes caused them to be seen as being associated with violence and communist beliefs, but strikes needed to be done to get the laborer’s views acknowledged (Testimony of Samuel Gompers before a commission established by the House of Representatives on the Relations and Conditions of Capital and Labor, 1899; Document
Many were hurt or injured and given no medical assistance. It became evident that laborers were going to have to demand change. Unions were not formed immediately, even though they had every lawful right to exist. Bosses often retaliated with risky measures including violence to prevent unions from working (http://www.ushistory.org). Despite actions to slow unions down they slowly grew.
On the other hand, products that are made by unethical practices such as slave labor are highly disregarded by the public and have seen declining sales as of late. Many clothing companies have vowed to improve the standards of their manufacturing facilities because they were losing customers as a result of unethical business practices and unsafe work
In the year 1807, when the embargo was passed, the total exports for the United States was $108 million. One year later, the total exports declined to just over $22 million. New England was hit the hardest by this because they were the leading region that was heavily involved with international commerce. Other cities engaged in commerce also suffered from the embargo. Overall, American trade declined up to 75 percent.