.block-title > label, Award Nominations Wisconsin Examiner is part of States Newsroom, a network of news outlets supported by grants and a coalition of donors as a 501c(3) public charity. a.vc_btn-black:hover, } While corporate executives who preside over failure often find someone else to blame, Briggs’ demise has, in reality, directly resulted from its executives’ mismanagement, greed and pathological animosity towards the unionized workers who had made them rich. A smart company that recognized changing consumer tastes would have responded to growing concern about the environment with innovation. .td_top_authors .td-active .td-author-comments-count, It was what labor-management bargaining is supposed to be: a negotiation. 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Briggs long ago abandoned its two factories on the North Side, home to most of its Black workers. .dropcap, .woocommerce.widget.widget_layered_nav_filters ul li a { The company opened a 552,000-square-foot factory in … .woocommerce.widget .ui-slider .ui-slider-handle { background-color: #1e73be; .tdm-btn-style3 { .top-header-menu .current-menu-item > a, .woocommerce .product #respond input#submit:hover, According to its securities filings, the company has spent only $167 million on research and development since 2012 while devoting $239 million to buying back its own stock to inflate the price of the shares held by management and investors. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. It also began moving its lock-and-key production to a non-union plant in Georgia. #bbpress-forums .bbp-forum-freshness a:hover, To understand Briggs’ decline we have to go back to the early 1970s when corporate attorney Lewis Powell drafted his, to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce urging the business class to become more “aggressive” and “pursue political power.”, recognized the impact of Powell’s call to arms in its, October 12, 1974 issue: “Some people will obviously have to do with less … it will be a bitter pill for many Americans to swallow the idea of doing with less so that big business can have more.”, Briggs wasn’t alone in playing this shell game and going after its union employees. More substantial changes should be noted as additional and conducted by your publication. .td_block_template_8 .td-related-title .td-cur-simple-item, } Sales for the second quarter of 2020 were down by $107 million, or 18%, over the same period last year. 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A May 1982, poll of 400 executives from top companies indicated that 19% admitted, “Although we don’t need concessions, we are taking advantage of the bargaining climate to ask for them.”, Under Krukowski’s direction, Briggs first forced the strike by its draconian demands, then began recruiting replacement workers, and threatened to replace employees if they did not submit to company demands. tdLocalCache = { Briggs’ management continued these zero-sum tactics. border-color: #1e73be; var td_ad_background_click_target=""; var td_magnific_popup_translation_tPrev="Previous (Left arrow key)"; .td-post-template-11 .td-related-title .td-cur-simple-item, .tds-progress-bar1 .tdm-progress-bar:after, .td_block_big_grid_9.td-grid-style-1 .td-post-category, #bbpress-forums #bbp-single-user-details #bbp-user-navigation li.current a, The $9.4 million project will create 35 new jobs. var tdThemeName="Newspaper"; })(); .td_block_template_15 .td-related-title .td-cur-simple-item, .footer-text-wrap .block-title span { It hired the notorious union-busting attorney Tom Krukowski, who had earned his spurs helping to break the Milwaukee Packing House Workers strike in 1975 and rose to national prominence for his role in the 1985 Hormel strike. . .td_wrapper_video_playlist .td_video_controls_playlist_wrapper, .block-title span { He came to it after several years working in private equity with Robert Baird. .page-nav .current, Briggs’ workers’ real income declined by 30% according to The Milwaukee Journal. } It also markets and … .tdm-social-item i { "use strict"; .woocommerce .product .products h2:not(.woocommerce-loop-product__title), }; this.td_column_number = ''; var td_email_user_incorrect="Email or username incorrect! .td_mod_related_posts:hover h3 > a, var tdLocalCache = {}; } “It’s regulatory evasion,”. function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} .td_top_authors .td_mod_wrap:hover .td-author-comments-count, He was the Executive Vice President of Local 212 for 14 years and worked at Briggs & Stratton for a brief time in the late 1970s. .td_wrapper_video_playlist .td_video_currently_playing:after { This increased the importance of being a low-cost producer and added urgency to our need to achieve our cost goals.”. } .woocommerce .woocommerce.widget .button:hover, .td-trending-now-wrapper:hover .td-trending-now-title, .td-404-sub-sub-title a:hover, var td_viewport_interval_list=[{"limitBottom":767,"sidebarWidth":228},{"limitBottom":1018,"sidebarWidth":300},{"limitBottom":1140,"sidebarWidth":324}]; ▪ If you publish online, include the links from the story, and a link to Wisconsin Examiner. Just days before filing for bankruptcy in July, Milwaukee’s Briggs & Stratton Corp., at one time the largest producer of small engines in the world and employer to 11,000 union production workers making a solid, middle-class living, handed its top executives $5 million in bonuses, calling them “retention awards.” .td-404-sub-sub-title a:hover, .tds-button5:hover i, As a result of concessions by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. and KPS, Briggs & Stratton creditors were expected to receive 7 to 10 cents on the dollar for the debts they held in the company. .td-trending-now-wrapper:hover .td-trending-now-title, Event Speaker Application #bbpress-forums .bbp-topic-started-in a:hover, .td-next-prev-wrap a:hover, .td-header-wrap .black-menu .sf-menu > .current-menu-item > a, var tds_theme_color_site_wide="#1e73be"; .td_block_template_3 .td-related-title .td-cur-simple-item, Recent recommendations regarding this business are as follows: "Beware! background-color: #1e73be; .widget a:hover, A Briggs spokesman did not immediately have a comment on the deal closing. .td-instagram-user a, Those dealers would charge $300 for a lawnmower with a Briggs engine in it. .td_block_exchange .td-exchange-header:before, if ( -1 !== navigator.userAgent.indexOf('Firefox') ) { Its products are sold in more than 100 countries. .tds-button2 .tdm-btn-text, } .td-trending-now-wrapper:hover .td-trending-now-title, .td-post-small-box a:hover, Condition is "New". 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Over the next decade and a half it acquired a total of five separate companies including. a.vc_btn-black.vc_btn_outlined:hover, .td_block_template_13 .td-related-title .td-cur-simple-item, if ( -1 !== navigator.userAgent.indexOf('Safari') && -1 === navigator.userAgent.indexOf('Chrome') ) { { tdLocalCache.data[resource_id] = cachedData; Over the next 35 years it opened and closed plants in Milwaukee, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and other locations, either moving that production to China or simply downsizing. 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Then in 1981, new President Ronald Reagan entered the fray by forcing a strike by the Air Traffic Controllers union before firing them all. .td_block_text_with_title blockquote p, return tdLocalCache.data[resource_id]; .td-theme-slider:hover .slide-meta-cat a, .comment-content blockquote p, "item": { { .td_top_authors .td_mod_wrap:hover .td-author-post-count, .td_module_wrap:hover .entry-title a, box-shadow: 0 4px 26px #1e73be; #bbpress-forums #bbp-single-user-details #bbp-user-navigation li.current a, Then, in late August, Briggs and the, United Steel Workers local 7232 (the successor to AIW 232) agreed to a severance package for the workers who will lose their jobs. .td_block_template_16 .td-related-title .td-cur-simple-item, New Hires, Promotions, Accolades .td_outlined_btn { “This shift in relative power from manufacturer to retailer has greatly increased the relative importance of price. .td-left-smart-list:hover, .tdm-menu-active-style4 .tdm-header .sf-menu > .current-category-ancestor > a, .block-title { Used it 2 times. .td_top_authors .td-active .td-author-post-count, .td_block_template_17 .td-related-title .td-cur-simple-item, Briggs managers’ struggle to find a direction was summarized recently in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by industry analyst Tom Hayes of Northcoast Research, “It’s been, ‘Let me turn this dial and turn that dial.’”, Management takes bonuses but no responsibility. } By paying themselves engorged bonuses in 2020, Briggs’ current management is behaving in a way totally consistent with its predecessors. "name": "Analysis" remove: function (resource_id) { A nimble company that was responsive to the market, valued its skilled employees and cared about the community it was based in would have diversified by investing in higher-quality, premium engines. display: flex; .td_top_authors .td_mod_wrap:hover .td-author-comments-count, .woocommerce a.added_to_cart:hover, background-color: #749FD4 !important; .wp_access_helper_container button img { } .archive .widget_archive .current, .header-search-wrap .td-drop-down-search:after, .td-read-more a, htmlTag.className += ' ie10'; .td-header-wrap .black-menu .sf-menu > .current-menu-ancestor > a, .td_round_btn, Instead they teamed up with Missouri Sen. #bbpress-forums .bbp-pagination .current, } Japanese companies actually participated in the premium engine market, making high-end engines for snowmobiles and riding lawnmowers while Briggs’ entire focus was low-end, smaller engines for lawnmowers and snowblowers. 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Briggs & Stratton and their creditors will work out a reorganization plan that enables the business to continue to operate. .td-subcat-filter .td-subcat-dropdown a:hover, .page-nav .current, .td-header-style-12 .td-affix, .td-block-title-wrap .td-wrapper-pulldown-filter .td-pulldown-filter-item .td-cur-simple-item, #bbpress-forums .bbp-body .sticky li.bbp-topic-title .bbp-topic-permalink, } -webkit-box-shadow: 0 4px 26px #1e73be; .wpb_default, .sf-menu > .sfHover > a:after, .td-rating-bar-wrap div, .td-right-smart-list:hover, Briggs & Stratton has been making small engines of various displacements and configurations since 1908, but their most famous model is the … "@id": "https://wisconsinexaminer.com/category/analysis/", } .td-header-wrap .black-menu .sf-menu > li > a:hover, .td-header-style-12 .td-header-menu-wrap-full, this.block_type = 1; //block type id (1-234 etc) .woocommerce-checkout .woocommerce input.button:hover, var td_magnific_popup_translation_tNext="Next (Right arrow key)"; The two of them were apostles for a management philosophy, Economic Value Added (EVA), that claims to align the interests of management with shareholders by structuring business to seek the highest possible rates of profits. This strategy minimizes long-range planning and ignores workers’ expertise, treating them as nothing but numbers. This was too much even for the conservative Milwaukee Sentinel, which opined, “the threat was a common practice in Texas, but new to Milwaukee.”. The company also failed to make a $6.7 million interest payment on a bond due later this year. Although Stratton’s grandfather, Harold Stratton, was co-founder of the company, Fred Stratton didn’t grow up in the company. The Milwaukee Journal called it a management “victory with a contract tipped by an unsheathed bayonet — the threat of firing 7,600 workers…”  Even with all the concessions the union made to keep the plant open, Briggs still announced that it would open a new non-union facility in Murray, Ky., in a plant given to the company by the city. Briggs And Stratton Carburetor Assy. .td_top_authors .td_mod_wrap:hover .td-author-post-count, Lawnmowers using Briggs’ engines were once sold almost exclusively through high-priced dealers with well known brand names like Toro, Snapper, Jacobsen and Lawn Boy. .td-scroll-up { } .td_module_18 .td-read-more a:hover, color: white; It’s safe to say that this sea-change in attitude toward union workers was fueled by a flawed business strategy and a failure by Briggs’ leadership to read the markets for its products. .td-header-wrap .black-menu .sf-menu > .sfHover > a, All Rights Reserved. } A decade earlier in 1974, Allied Industrial Workers Local 232 also struck Briggs. .tds-button6 i, .td_block_template_10 .td-related-title .td-cur-simple-item, The company was founded in Milwaukee in 1908 by Stephen Foster Briggs and Harold M. Stratton. 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