Look Who's Pushing Productivity

Labor is embracing partnerships to keep companies competitive

David W. Groetsch has brought in plenty of consultants over the years to his 500-worker unit of Aluminum Co. of America, which makes equipment for the packaging industry. As the division president, he has tried all the trends, from quality to teams. But the union as consultant? That was a new one. The International Association of Machinists (IAM), which represents 170 of his workers at a Denver plant, came knocking in 1994, asking to help create a high-performance work system.

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