It's hard to quarrel with you. I'm not sure there are stellar managers anywhere in the steel industry.
However, this group of managers have successfully negotiated contracts at other plants while the Middletown guys have been floundering around with their current officers (I won't call them leaders). It would seem to me that the union clowns have outclowned the management clowns.
The front-line managers aren't in control of anything.
The company needs to unload the union (to survive)....regardless of what the front-line managers "want".
Even so, AKS is suffering from low margins continued production short-falls, and with the air escaping from the steel sector fast now....falling steel prices and a bursting bubble.
Contruction Spending DOWN
US Autos closing US plants galore DOWN
CHINA steel capacity GLUT - biggest ever!
You are right about the front line managers not being in control. They are at the mercy of the higher ups also.
I believe if automotive steels were were in high demand, there would have been a contract long ago. Have a great evening.