Manufactured products, particularly forged products, simply cannot reach their intended market without the labor of humans. That means there is always an opportunity for labor and employment issues to divert management’s attention away from the critical operational issues of the forge. Manufacturers are often prime targets for organized labor issues including, but not limited to, unions, collective bargaining and strikes.
Forges and other manufacturers can face varied difficult legal challenges and laws affecting their respective businesses. Frequently, these issues can cross into multiple areas of legal practice, which can complicate solutions and, as noted, divert an undesired amount of attention away from forging operations. This is often because labor and employment law is not contained within a neat package of rules and regulations that is easy to reference. Instead, rules protecting employers and employees are scattered in different sections of codes and regulations that are often regulated by separate agencies.
Check out the October 2020 issue of FORGE, featuring our cover story on "Fever Screening and Forging Quality". Other features include "Forging with Hybrid Steel", "FutureForge in Scotland: The Goldilocks Effect", and much more.