Sub Zero / Wolf has broken the back of the plant union by threatening tomove the plant to Kentucky. The union took the threat seriously enough that they actually agreed to a 20% wage cut and a 5 year wage freeze. This is virtually unprecidented in appliance manufacturing with most plants simply announcing moves to Mexico or Asia. The union has little to do or say with these decisions.
While most bloggers are suggesting the this is evil corporate tactics, I think that they have actually done the workers right. In the current recession, the demand for high end appliances has really dried up. Sub Zero / Wolf had 2 options … reduce costs or shut down. They gave the union workers the option of helping reduce costs or hit the unemployment lines. They chose the former. Good for them and good for Sub Zero. Hopefully, ten years from now when the US is on the rebound, Sub Zero remembers the commitment that workers showed to the company and rewards them when they can.
Read the whole story at Channel3000.com.