Many of you may have heard that the demand for our 6R transmission is going up. As it stands now, the demand will increase to more than 35,000 additional units next year, and can rise again from there. That’s good news for the company and good news for Livonia, too.
To meet that increase in demand, 6R machining departments will migrate to a 4-crew operating pattern, as outlined in the UAW National Agreement, Volume I, Appendix W. This appendix starts on page 301.
There are three different 4-crew operating patterns referenced in Appendix W. There are also subtle variations of the 4-crew that can be locally negotiated. Each has merit, and as of this writing, none has been chosen as the preferred pattern for Livonia.
Also included in the agreement is information and treatment of schedule, overtime, holiday, and other absences.
Under a 4-crew operating pattern, we gain in many ways. Most notably, we will gain more operating hours. With the ceasing of 4R operations, we have the fortunate ability to create jobs in-house with the addition of another shift on 6R3 assembly.
We will be discussing with the UAW committee the most desirable 4-crew operating pattern for our workforce. We would appreciate it if you’d take time to familiarize yourself with the different operating patterns available and provide input.
Your process coach, team manager, or committeeman can answer questions or concerns you may have.