HONEYWELL CHIHUAHUA ACTIONS PART OF DOWNSIZING PLAN; COMPANY SUPPORTS NAFTA PROVISIONS FOR IMPROVED LABOR STANDARDS
MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today said that the 23 jobs eliminated at its Chihuahua, Mexico facility in October and November were part of an overall downsizing plan and that the affected workers were selected based on productivity, performance and job assignments. The company further noted that it had been a strong advocate of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the side agreement on labor, which seeks to promote improved working conditions and contains specific language on the right to strike and to bargain collectively. "The facts have been distorted," said Jim Porter, Honeywell vice president of human resources. "The action was part of a plan to reduce Chihuahua headcount from 486 to 415 in 1994, in response to a variety of factors that include the effect of productivity improvements and the moving of a subassembly line from Chihuahua to our facility in Tijuana. "While some of this downsizing can be accomplished through attrition, we also had to make the painful decision to eliminate 15 office jobs and eight factory positions," Porter said. In taking this action, the company reviewed job responsibilities and employee performance, and sought to keep its most productive employees, according to Porter. The eight affected factory workers had violated written workplace rules by being away from their work stations during working hours without permission from their supervisors. Co-workers had complained about their behavior, saying that the absences had disrupted the entire line's productivity. "The layoffs were conducted in accordance with Mexican laws," Porter said.
"We are disturbed at the allegations that have arisen, and we are conducting a thorough inquiry to ensure that all actions were in line with Honeywell's commitment to treat all employees fairly and ethically."
Honeywell has had a presence in the Mexican market since 1947. Today, Honeywell Mexico employs 220 sales and service people in five locations. The company employs an additional 3,000 people in manufacturing facilities in Chihuahua, Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana, Mexico. The Chihuahua facility, established 18 years ago, assembles Honeywell components for heating, air conditioning and security systems. Honeywell is a global controls company providing products, systems and services that increase comfort, environmental protection, energy conservation, productivity, and safety in homes and buildings, industry, and aviation and space. The company employs 55,000 people in 95 countries on six continents, and had 1992 sales of $6.2 billion. -0- 12/9/93 /CONTACT: Meta Gaertnier, director of corporate public relations, of Honeywell, 612-951-0773/ (HON)
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