Honda after shutdown meeting

Honda after shutdown meeting

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rambler01

Lewis Center, OH

#1 Jul 3, 2009
you will take a buyout or pay cut!

Since: Feb 09

Belle Center

#2 Jul 3, 2009
How about just hanging in there until things pick back up.
Thankfully Honda is smarter at running their company than Gm and Chrysler are. They'll be fine. Just gotta get over this economic hump we're in right now.
Lost

Gatlinburg, TN

#3 Jul 3, 2009
rambler01 wrote:
you will take a buyout or pay cut!
Huh? Are you speaking in complete sentences? I am sure you are not in management so what is your source of such information?

Since: Feb 09

Belle Center

#4 Jul 3, 2009
He's trying to get people riled up.
As if this community doesn't have enough to worry about already with companies closing and laying off.
Happy Citizen

Tickfaw, LA

#5 Jul 3, 2009
Honda is smarter than the Big 3.
"Warped": you are right they will be fine. Worked they for 20+ years and proud to say that. Now retired to Florida, I miss my co workers.
buy american

Morgan Hill, CA

#6 Jul 5, 2009
Happy Citizen wrote:
Honda is smarter than the Big 3.
"Warped": you are right they will be fine. Worked they for 20+ years and proud to say that. Now retired to Florida, I miss my co workers.
"They" will be just fine, but how about the people who work there NOW? They closed the motorcycle plant after the tax break ended. They're making the best selling car in Indiana (where they pay employees $7 less per hour) as opposed to East Liberty where it used to be made.

I think this is another example of how the American consumer really got it wrong. They backed the wrong horse. They should have pressured the Big 3 to make more fuel efficient cars back in the 70s. They should have focused on buying American. Endorsing American. Supporting American!

Since: May 09

Zanesville, OH

#7 Jul 5, 2009
buy american wrote:
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"They" will be just fine, but how about the people who work there NOW? They closed the motorcycle plant after the tax break ended.
Honda also closed a motorcycle plant in Japan, then built a new one and consolidated operations there. So 2 bike plants were closed and a larger plant made. I don't think the end of the tax break had much to do with it but I may be wrong on that one.
Jir Cough

Bellville, OH

#8 Jul 5, 2009
I think it should be remembered that Honda is in business to make money. The people in Indiana are very happy to have jobs, even at $7 an hour less than Ohio workers.
I hope this economy turns around soon. I hope the very best for Honda employees.

Since: Sep 08

Morgan Hill, CA

#9 Jul 5, 2009
Jir Cough wrote:
I think it should be remembered that Honda is in business to make money. The people in Indiana are very happy to have jobs, even at $7 an hour less than Ohio workers.
I hope this economy turns around soon. I hope the very best for Honda employees.
I couldn't agree more! Excellent post, Jir!
Logan Co Lifer

Johnstown, OH

#10 Jul 5, 2009
I agree also. Yes, the folks in Indy are making $7 per hour less; however, the infrastructure and local cost of living will support that. That area had a few places to work, but the Honda plant and network will offer more jobs which will boost the local growth to those areas. The good news is that the Honda associates don't make much more than the supplier associates, therefore, most people will make a good living. Our local issue is that Honda associates earn $11 or more per hour than what the associates at the supplier networks earn which creates the "hate" like the rambler.
13-48 Stars

Mount Gilead, OH

#11 Jul 5, 2009
The obvious solution to that problem would be to drop the Ohio pay scale by $7 per hour across the board, wouldn't it? That ought to make everybody happy.
keet02

United States

#12 Jul 5, 2009
Logan Co Lifer wrote:
I agree also. Yes, the folks in Indy are making $7 per hour less; however, the infrastructure and local cost of living will support that. That area had a few places to work, but the Honda plant and network will offer more jobs which will boost the local growth to those areas. The good news is that the Honda associates don't make much more than the supplier associates, therefore, most people will make a good living. Our local issue is that Honda associates earn $11 or more per hour than what the associates at the supplier networks earn which creates the "hate" like the rambler.
I agree with you somewhat but I think our local issue is Honda is known for using a high percentage of temporaries that do the same work as full-time associates and make at times only half or less than than half than the person they are working besides
keet02

United States

#13 Jul 5, 2009
Even after all of the recent production cuts Honda is still sitting on 120 days worth of production in inventory for the Accord. Honda starts to get uneasy when inventory starts to go over 60 days. This tells me more cuts are on the way in Marysville.
keet02

United States

#14 Jul 5, 2009
buy american wrote:
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"They" will be just fine, but how about the people who work there NOW? They closed the motorcycle plant after the tax break ended. They're making the best selling car in Indiana (where they pay employees $7 less per hour) as opposed to East Liberty where it used to be made.
I think this is another example of how the American consumer really got it wrong. They backed the wrong horse. They should have pressured the Big 3 to make more fuel efficient cars back in the 70s. They should have focused on buying American. Endorsing American. Supporting American!
It is there best selling car but they are still only working 1 shift in Indiana so it's not selling that great.
Logan Co Lifer

Johnstown, OH

#15 Jul 5, 2009
keet02 wrote:
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I agree with you somewhat but I think our local issue is Honda is known for using a high percentage of temporaries that do the same work as full-time associates and make at times only half or less than than half than the person they are working besides
I agree with the high volume of contract workers. The problem is that they know the expectations and compensation package before they accept the assignment. My personal thought is that if the contract (temp) employee was blind-sided with a different compensation package than what was described to them at orientation, then I would have some sympathy.(My opinion) Most temps are there to either be hired on full-time (which is probably not an option now) or they are there to just get by in this area because the volume of work is either the big H or one of the supplier networks.

I will report that a temp at Honda makes more on the hour than a full-time employee at MEI, NEX, and NKP. Yes, the FT employees have a better benefits package, but that doesn't help with keeping the lights on.
Conservationist

Bellefontaine, OH

#16 Jul 6, 2009
buy american wrote:
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"They" will be just fine, but how about the people who work there NOW? They closed the motorcycle plant after the tax break ended. They're making the best selling car in Indiana (where they pay employees $7 less per hour) as opposed to East Liberty where it used to be made.
I think this is another example of how the American consumer really got it wrong. They backed the wrong horse. They should have pressured the Big 3 to make more fuel efficient cars back in the 70s. They should have focused on buying American. Endorsing American. Supporting American!
Which car is it you believe is their best selling car? I'll assume you're referring to the Honda civic.

What is your criteria for judging best selling?

If it's volume of sales, I'm afraid you're incorrect. The Honda Accord (Made at MAP) sold 23,955 units last month, compared to the Honda Civic (Made at HMIN as well as in Japan) which sold 20,954.
Slamming Others

Mount Gilead, OH

#17 Jul 6, 2009
The E.L.P. will close just like they did to the Motorcycle plant.(S.C. plant took must of the jobs from Ohio)

1) they built another plant building same models
2) slowly cut back and back
3) BAM,, bye,bye
Conservationist

Bellefontaine, OH

#18 Jul 6, 2009
Slamming Others wrote:
The E.L.P. will close just like they did to the Motorcycle plant.(S.C. plant took must of the jobs from Ohio)
1) they built another plant building same models
2) slowly cut back and back
3) BAM,, bye,bye
S.C. doesn't make motorcycles, they make power equipment.
Slamming Others

Mount Gilead, OH

#19 Jul 6, 2009
Yes they do, dirt bikes,, ATV ,,,,,
Slamming Others

Mount Gilead, OH

#20 Jul 6, 2009
Honda of South Carolina manufactures all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and Personal Watercarft (PWC). Located in Timmonsville, South Carolina,

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