layoffs at Mundet (IPC&L)??

layoffs at Mundet (IPC&L)??

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Phipps Bender

Lebanon, TN

#1 Nov 13, 2008
Heard there is is big layoff scheduled. Also about 5 or six in the front office got the boot last week.
For Real

Columbia, TN

#2 Nov 13, 2008
Phipps Bender wrote:
Heard there is is big layoff scheduled. Also about 5 or six in the front office got the boot last week.
My husband works there and he hasn't heard this... esp. the 5 or 6.

Nonny Mouse.... can you confirm?
A Nonny Mouse

Chatsworth, GA

#3 Nov 13, 2008
I got "Das Boot" from there back in Feb...All I know is that they're not doing very well...I hate it for the guys out in the plant & the Rog-Vegas people still left in the office, if this is true. Despite what lots of people thought, my family REALLY DID care about the workers, especially my grandfather. It was a source of pride to us that your daddy-and maybe yr papaw, too-worked there. Sure, we had our scraps back 'n' forth between Local 400 & management, but when it came down to "brass tacks", everybody always knew what had to be done. And DID it, many, many times over. Philip Morris calls up on Friday afternoon, wanting a million labels in Richmond Monday AM ? No problem. Or B&W in Macon, wanting the same thing ? Happy to oblige. We wore out a couple dozen hats over the years, what w/all the rabbits we magically pulled out of 'em...It pains me no end to see what's become of it all...I'm kinda glad in a way to NOT be part of it, if you know what I mean...
web of lies

Johnson City, TN

#4 Nov 18, 2008
are you kidding me? the only people that are laid off are the workers in the factory.it seems to everyboby that the mti brass is not to blame (in their minds) and that all of the old and young "ipc"ers are the only problem with the failure of the company. i for one beg to differ. this is the most bizzare people that we the workers have seen in quiet some time.
A Nonny Mouse

Chatsworth, GA

#5 Nov 18, 2008
Yep-When I was still there, the IPC people were pretty much overruled at every stage...We didn't know what we were doing, we'd turned the workers against the Mundet people, blah, blah, blah. The Mundet people didn't need any help turning the workers against them, IMHO. I had never seen morale so low in all the years I'd been there. It was even worse than when Dennison sent that Griffin character down from Framingham to "straighten out" IPC.

Since: Sep 08

Utica, KY

#6 Nov 18, 2008
A Nonny Mouse wrote:
Yep-When I was still there, the IPC people were pretty much overruled at every stage...We didn't know what we were doing, we'd turned the workers against the Mundet people, blah, blah, blah. The Mundet people didn't need any help turning the workers against them, IMHO. I had never seen morale so low in all the years I'd been there. It was even worse than when Dennison sent that Griffin character down from Framingham to "straighten out" IPC.
I know that you know what you are talking about. It is truly a tragedy. Poor old ingnorant George.
Not a Nonny Mouse

Chatsworth, GA

#7 Nov 18, 2008
The Mundet people instituted all these rules & regulations that were more appropiate for kids working at McDonald's than they were for adults...It was even worse for the people in the office-They wanted you there at 7.59, & you'd BETTER not even think of leaving til 5.01..If you had some personal business to take care of, tough. I got I don't know how many demerits for going to the doctor, going to pick up prescriptions, etc. Always before, if you needed to go pay bills, see the doctor, whatever, you could be off & no one said anything-as long as you got yr work done, it was cool. Mundet's attitude was you should pay all yr bills "online" or thru "bank draft", & then you wouldn't need to be off. I got read the riot act for leaving 10 minutes early, because my wife called & thought she was gonna run out of gas & didn't have any money to fill up, so I went to meet her & follow her home. They went on about how "family friendly" they were, yet their "Family" was the only one that mattered. Your PERSONAL family could go take a hike.
confused

Manchester, TN

#8 Nov 18, 2008
I work at Mundet. There have been several laid off on the floor, but I don't know anything about anyone in the office.
Joshua

Ringgold, GA

#9 Nov 18, 2008
my papaw worked there .. hes last day was friday
sjdw

Manchester, TN

#10 Nov 18, 2008
Who is you papaw?(this is the same person as "confused")
turkey dinner

Lebanon, TN

#11 Nov 19, 2008
Management at Mundet posted a list for employees to sign and bring a covered dish tomorrow. They (management) would prepare the meat and everyone else was to bring a covered dish. 1 person on 3rd shift signed and it was a joke. No one signed on 2nd shift and instead signed up for pizza!!! There were a few (7 or 8) suck ass hourly people on day shift and most of the salary people (hands tied behind back) on day shift that signed up. BON APPETITE!!!
sjdw

Manchester, TN

#12 Nov 19, 2008
turkey dinner, yeah that is true, lol. How did you know all of that? Do you work here too?
Jimmy

Sweetwater, TN

#13 Nov 19, 2008
Why was IPC sold to Mundet?

Since: Sep 08

United States

#14 Nov 19, 2008
The idiots that owned it cared more about who was the boss than they did about taking care of business. You can't make very many really bad decisions within a short period of time and get away with it. They were facing bankruptcy and had to sell.
A Nonny Mouse

Chatsworth, GA

#15 Nov 19, 2008
That's not ENTIRELY true, the main problem was that IPC was entirely too dependent on one customer, who was VERY big, & dictated terms that were unfavorable to the viability of the business. They had 2 suppliers, us & JW Ferguson who basically split their business, & Ferguson went bankrupt the week IPC was sold to Mundet. We were squeezed by suppliers, too-the customer specified virtually every aspect of the materials going into their labels, & we weren't allowed to try to bid supplies out & try to find the best deal. The company was sold to Mundet as the only alternative at the time to shutting down & everybody losing their jobs. In retrospect, we should have looked at new markets 15-20 years ago, but the cigarette companies DID pay well, & kept us full, we kind of got lulled into complacency. Another thing, we were NEVER the cheapest in any market we tried to look at, & most label buyers looked only at price, price, price. They weren't interested in the "Michealangelo in every label" like the cigarette companies were. Gravure printing is about the most expensive printing method out there, we were trying to compete w/flexo printers-a motorised rubber stamp method, & offset printers, who typically used much smaller, less expensive equipment.

Since: Sep 08

Utica, KY

#16 Nov 20, 2008
Thanks for the explanation. I guess I am still a little miffed. You are not the object of any criticism from me.
For Real

Columbia, TN

#17 Nov 20, 2008
turkey dinner wrote:
Management at Mundet posted a list for employees to sign and bring a covered dish tomorrow. They (management) would prepare the meat and everyone else was to bring a covered dish. 1 person on 3rd shift signed and it was a joke. No one signed on 2nd shift and instead signed up for pizza!!! There were a few (7 or 8) suck ass hourly people on day shift and most of the salary people (hands tied behind back) on day shift that signed up. BON APPETITE!!!
The first list posted did not say that management would be furnishing the meat. They lead everyone to believe that they wouldn't be providing anything. Then someone (azz Kizzer) went to the front complaining and they put the new list up. By then it was too late. I know that times are hard, but the moral is so bad at IPC that a complete dinner might have eased some of the friction. It's not like they have that many working there now. If they can afford all the salarys for the unessary "Brass" and a 1/2 million dollar front office, why couldn't they provide $7.00 meals for their employees.
Mundet Office Monkey

Chatsworth, GA

#18 Nov 20, 2008
1/2 million for the front office ?!? You couldn't pay for the crappers-That golden prison was 3 Large, from what I heard. And as plush as it is, it's still "cheap"-the furniture was bought for looks, not for comfort. The desk chairs are unbelievably uncomfortable for anybody of any size. The color scheme of unrelieved Babyshit Brown is claustrophobic, & YOU try staying in one of the inner offices w/o a window, no human contact & see how long it takes you to go bonkers...
sjdw

Manchester, TN

#19 Nov 20, 2008
Haha! Mundet Office Monkey, you complain about how they bought the chairs for "looks, not for comfort". They TOOK the chairs from the people on the floor so I don't think anyone in the office has the right to complain about that, at least they do have somewhere to sit down.
ruin nation mti

Johnson City, TN

#20 Nov 27, 2008
ok,lets get the truth out. there are way more than (7or8)union workers under every desk that they see. also two foremans got the boot last week, no shit. i am very suprised the joint can keep the water on, not to mention staying in operation. the only sad thing is the good people that work there are in danger of being out of a job.

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