Posts Tagged ‘workers’

Tesla Forgets the Lesson Toyota Taught GM in Fremont: “Build fast, fix later: speed hurts quality at Tesla”

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Read and learn, from NPR:

“At the old GM plant in Fremont, Calif., the system had been totally different and there was one cardinal rule that everyone knew: the assembly line could never stop.

“You just didn’t see the line stop,” Madrid said. “I saw a guy fall in the pit and they didn’t stop the line.”

Lee, the supervisor who oversaw the plant summed it up this way: “You saw a problem, you stopped that line: you were fired.”

As a result, vehicles at the plant had lots of defects. Haggerty saw all kinds of mistakes go right down the line.

“So we had Monte Carlos with Regal front ends and vice versa,” he recalled. There were cars with engines put in backwards, cars without steering wheels or brakes. Workers fixed them later in a yard outside — sometimes doing more damage to the vehicles.”

So those were the bad old days of GM in Fremont. But then came the Toyota Way of doing things during the NUMMI era:

At the NUMMI plant you can see Toyota’s solution to this — a thin nylon rope that hangs on hooks along the assembly line. It’s called the andon cord and when pulled, it will stop the line.

The first pull summons a team leader. Workers try to correct the problem on the line. If it takes too long to fix, the line stops. The andon cord also plays a surprisingly cheerful little song that workers can chose. For longtime GM workers who switched to the NUMMI system, all this was a revelation.

After two decades at the GM Fremont plant, Earl Ferguson flew to Japan to learn a whole new way of making cars.

When Madrid trained in Japan, he saw workers stop the line to fix a bolt.

“That impressed me,” he said. “I said, ‘Gee that makes sense.’ Fix it now so you don’t have to go through all this stuff. That’s when it dawned on me. We can do it. One bolt. One bolt changed my attitude.”

And guess what’s made at that very same factory down south in Fremont today – that’s right, Teslas:

After Tesla’s Model S sedans and Model X SUVs roll off the company’s Fremont, California assembly line, the electric vehicles usually make another stop – for repairs, nine current and former employees have told Reuters.

The luxury cars regularly require fixes before they can leave the factory, according to the workers. Quality checks have routinely revealed defects in more than 90 percent of Model S and Model X vehicles inspected after assembly, these individuals said, citing figures from Tesla’s internal tracking system as recently as October. Some of these people told Reuters of seeing problems as far back as 2012.

By now, the reader should have realized that New Tesla is sort of like Old GM.

Artist’s conception of Elon Musk wearing Mens crocs size XXL, if he ever were to do that and then pose awkwardly in/on an expensive vehicle that obviously didn’t fit him (or Arnold, or Gavin, or a lot of others who Wanted To Believe):

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Frisco’s 2.5 Yelp-Starred RAINFOREST CAFE at Fisherman’s WHARF Just SHUT DOWN with NO NOTICE to EMPLOYEES

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Crowd-sourced Yelp knows the score, already:

Yelpers report this location has closed.

And Redditors, there were the first to report:

Rainforest Cafe at Fisherman’s Wharf evidently closed overnight. Anyone know what happened?

But let’s go to the official website – Frisco is GONE-ZO, leaving Cali with just two locations, both in SoCal:

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But hey, wasn’t this outfit advertising for new employees just a couple Scaramuccis ago? Yes, on the craigslist:

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And yet, there was zero notice to the employees, some of whom are laboring today to clean the place up and do inventory.

Mmmm, what happened? Well, here’s a clue from Alyssa Pereira earlier this year:

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And there you have it.

Rec & Park Lays Down the Law in the Panhandle: New GGB-Style Stencils Tell Cyclists to SLOW at Crosswalks

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Here you go – the paint’s still wet:

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When I say GGB-style, I mean the way they do things on the narrow sidewalk of the east side of the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s kind of the same thing up there.

Anyway, here you have it – our brand-new painted pedestrian crosswalks on the Golden Gate Park Panhandle’s multi-use path now have instructions, telling bike riders “XING SLOW,” see?

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So this should end any (endless) discussion about who has right of way, and it should get a certain percentage of (usually male, road-bike owning, I-had-a-dream-last-night-that-I-won-the-Tour-de France) bike riders to be more cautious.

In closing, here’s a big-ass RPD stencil:

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Looks Like Somebody’s Going to be Tearing Up the Left Side of Oak Street, For Some Reason

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Next comes the road saws, one assumes:

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Who knows what’s going on here…

Ford Motor Company of Dearborn, MI Defines “Living Wages” in SF, CA as Being Just 15% Above the Minimum – $16.13 Per Hour??

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

And on top of that, Ford Motor Company (NYSEFS&P 100 ComponentS&P 500 Component) is “proud” to pay just $16.13 per hour.

See?

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And I’ll do the math for you, Gentle Reader, and I’ll show my “work,” heh:

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I think Ford could afFORD to pay about $10 an hour more to each one of its near minimum wage GoBike bike rental workers, especially in high-rent cities such as San Francisco (especially considering all the advertising they’re getting, especially considering how much they jacked up prices from the little-used, low-profile, tax and fee-payer-funded Bay Area Bike Share.)

Alternatively, FoMoCo could stop repeatedly claiming that it’s paying “living wages,” right?

What’s that, FORD is just like Citi in New York, a mere sponsor? Well, not really, as FORD tracks you, the GoBike user, more than Citibank does.  I mean, does Citi track how fast you drive your car the day after you install an app to use a bikeshare rental bike in NYC? IDTS. Like, why would it care? But does FORD?

look closer.

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Ah, mem’ries:

The Real Reason Behind Ford’s Move Into Bike-Sharing – Why would an auto giant want to start an urban bike-sharing business? Here’s a hint: It’s not about the bikes.

“Listen, here’s the deal. The opportunity is not bikes. That’s not why Ford’s in it. The opportunity is data, and the data is super valuable because it tells us these invisible paths that people are taking in this complex city in terms of how they want to get around.”

Oh what’s that, there’s no GPS on the bikes?

But what about your phone, is there GPS and whatnot on that?

There sure is. So that’s how they track your:

“Driving Characteristics, such as speed, use of accelerator, brakes, steering, seat belts, and other similar information about how the vehicle is used.”

And that’s not all…

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Stanley Roberts Gets Results: SFMTA People Behaving Less Badly After Report on KRON4

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Here’s the result: MUNI workers parking in the exclusive MUNI-only parking lot:

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Of course, this might seem a little odd since our SFMTA MUNI has a “transit-first” policy, but this sitch is an improvement over what’s been going on for years, an improvement over City Family workers allowing other City Family workers to park wherever the Heck they want.

Anyway, I just happened to notice this distinct Caddy car, which used to improperly park all the live-long day on Geary

Here’s the early August report from Stanley Roberts what embarrassed our SFMTA MUNI into compliance, if only for a short while so far:

Frisco’s Highest Elevator Car

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Here it is:

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I don’t think it ever gets level, so you’re standing on a sloping floor the whole time:

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And then you go up up up to the highest horizontal point of Sutro Tower:

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I haven’t seen it in action lately, but here’s a shot from aught-four:

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And more recently:

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Or you can take the stairs I guess…

QUESTION: What are “Living Wages” in Frisco / Alameda County in 2017? Ford Motor Co of Michigan Thinks It’s $16.13/Hr.

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Hey, QUESTION: Does Michigan-based FoMoCo think that $16.13 per hour really is a “living wage” in our Bay Area in places like Frisco, E-Ville, Oaktown, Berzerkeley, etc? Here’s why I ask:

  1. Fully 90 percent of operations jobs are full time positions, paying at or above living wages…”; and consider that
  2. These gigs pay $16.13 per hour, even in San Francisco, right?

So does that square?

IDK.

IDTS.

KTHXBYE.

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“Bicycle sharing is a sustainable, healthy and community-based transport option that enhances urban livability and mobility. We are launching this spring/summer, bringing 7,000 bikes and over 540 stations to San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville and San Jose! 

To help us launch we are looking for qualified individuals to fill many open job positions: 

Field Team Members 
Station Track
Redistribution of bikes through the system
Station Maintenance, Appearance and Repair
Valet at designated locations
General daily duties

Bike Track
Routine Bicycle Checks
Bicycle Maintenance & Repair
Valet at designated locations
General daily duties

If you like working with your hands, working outdoors and doing something different each day → the Field Team Member position is perfect for you!

Starting wage for a Field Team Member → $16.13, all training conducted in house with opportunities for financial and professional progression! Full-time, with a comprehensive benefits package offered.

Station Track: Full-time: 
https://us851.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/motivate/Posting/View/614

Station Track: Part-time:
https://us851.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/motivate/Posting/View/764

Bike Track: Full-time:
https://us851.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/motivate/Posting/View/617

*To view full job descriptions and apply visit: www.bayareabikeshare.com/jobs

Frisco 2017 is Nothing But a Giant Construction Zone

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

FBOW.

And I’m talking mostly about street projects. I’ve never seen things this bad. Or good, depending on how you look at it…

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Everywhere.

C-town, Western A, SoMA, the Richmond, Bush Pine corridor for starters.

The biggest issue is where do all these out of towners park their full-sized Ford, Chevy, GMC or Dodge Ram pickups. They struggle to park legally is what I’m saying.

Anyway, I’ve never seen it like this, in all my years…

Better Know Your Local Unions: Glaziers Architectural Metal & Glass Workers Local 718 – ORGANIZE OR DIE

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Riding on a $10,000 Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883 with a modified exhaust, if I had to guess, setting off car alarms all along McAllister:

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It’s a living…