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It must be hard to find full-time 15-hour a week jobs: American CEO Blasts French Communists' Work Ethic

Posted by on May. 1, 2013 at 4:56 AM
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 20 Feb 2013 

Last month Goodyear announced it would close a manufacturing plant in Amiens, France after five years spent haggling with a "communist-backed" union. French Minister of Industrial Renewal Arnaud Montebourg then sent a letter to Titan industries encouraging the company to consider an investment to save the plant. The responsefrom Titan CEO Maurice Taylor is probably not what the Minister was expecting:

Dear Mr. Montebourg:


I have just returned to the United States from Australia where I have been for the past few weeks on business; therefore, my apologies for answering your letter dated 31 January 2013.


I appreciate your thinking that your Ministry is protecting industrial activities and jobs in France.  I and Titan have a 40-year history of buying closed factories and companies, losing millions of dollars and turning them around to create a good business, paying good wages. Goodyear tried for over four years to save part of the Amiens jobs that are some of the highest paid, but the French unions and French government did nothing but talk.


I have visited the factory a couple of times. The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours. They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three, and work for three. I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that’s the French way!


The Chinese are shipping tires into France - really all over Europe - and yet you do nothing. In five years, Michelin won’t be able to produce tire in France. France will lose its industrial business because government is more government.


Sir, your letter states you want Titan to start a discussion. How stupid do you think we are? Titan is the one with money and talent to produce tires. What does the crazy union have? It has the French government. The French farmer wants cheap tire. He does not care if the tires are from China or India and governments are subsidizing them. Your government doesn’t care either. “We’re French!”


The US government is not much better than the French. Titan had to pay millions to Washington lawyers to sue the Chinese tire companies because of their subsidizing. Titan won. The government collects the duties. We don’t get the duties, the government does.


Titan is going to buy a Chinese tire company or an Indian one, pay less than one Euro per hour and ship all the tires France needs. You can keep the so-called workers. Titan has no interest in the Amien North factory.


Best regards, 
Maurice M. Taylor, Jr.
Chairman and CEO

The French government has not responded to Mr. Taylor's letter yet. The communist-backed union called Taylor a "lunatic."


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143myboys9496
by Gold Member on May. 1, 2013 at 5:32 AM

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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on May. 1, 2013 at 7:20 AM
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The communist-backed union called Taylor a "lunatic."

Or as we say it in America, Boss.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on May. 1, 2013 at 8:07 AM

BUMP!

ms-superwoman
by Bronze Member on May. 1, 2013 at 8:14 AM

WTF?

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mmtosam06
by Member on May. 1, 2013 at 8:17 AM
1 hour for break must be nice. @@ 3 hours for talking.What is so important that it takes 3 hours? Unless its a business meeting and even then that is somewhat pushing it
Meadowchik
by Gold Member on May. 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM
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Quoting mmtosam06:

1 hour for break must be nice. @@ 3 hours for talking.What is so important that it takes 3 hours? Unless its a business meeting and even then that is somewhat pushing it

Sounds like DH's description of his workplace when he machined parts for the French Navy.  He was easily twice as productive as nearly everyone else--he's always had a good work ethic. 

denise3680
by Silver Member on May. 1, 2013 at 9:12 AM

This letter does not sound or appear to have come from a CEO, it really does not sound very professional:/ 

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on May. 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM
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 It can be hard to do business when you are dealing with different cultural values.  My DH has dealt with this in Alaska. 

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on May. 2, 2013 at 12:36 AM

But it is from the CEO. Look it up.

A very frustrated CEO, who tried over and over to explain this in a more professional way. Who is pissed off that they didn't get his drift and read between the lines, as they should be able to. So in a moment of fatigue after his long international trip, he blurted out what he already told them over and over in a more professional manner.

I don't recommend doing this at all - but at least they know how he feels and why they are not having any luck getting foreign investors like him or anyone else.


Quoting denise3680:

This letter does not sound or appear to have come from a CEO, it really does not sound very professional:/ 



SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on May. 2, 2013 at 12:41 AM

What is the cultural difference in Alaska?

I know there are about 10 men to every woman there.


Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 It can be hard to do business when you are dealing with different cultural values.  My DH has dealt with this in Alaska. 



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