So the guys in the back work piecework with a base hourly rate as backup. If a leather installer produces four rows of seats per day, they typically make about 30% higher than their fallback hourly wage - what they were paid per hour before piecework started.
It’s been good for both the shop and the installers because they can do 10 cars in a day, only working about 6.5-7 hours.
Yesterday, all but three guys left at about 3 because their scheduled work was done for the day. One of the cars that was scheduled for today arrived at 3:15, so the three remaining installers did the whole car.
This took money - 2 hours worth of work - from the two guys who left when their scheduled work was done.
Huge drama. I’m glad I didn’t have to play bouncer. The three guys who stole work from the other two are headed home.
So - those of you who work in a production environment: How has your shop drama been lately?