It is often said that the union members of today are protecting the union of tomorrow. This is definitely the case at the Dorel Juvenile plant in Columbus, Indiana, where the brothers and sisters of the Local 1155 are manufacturing child safety seats and working to educate the public on the proper use of child restraints.
“Our people are our strength.” States Kenny DeBord, who works in management for Dorel Juvenile.
Continuous Improvement Manager Gabe Revell with Dorel Juvenile, concurred with the quality of workers provided by the Local 1155, “We can attribute all our successes to our people.”
The 1155 members take their work very seriously and ensure all child safety seats they make are of the highest quality. Furthermore, the local members and management work together to make sure each seat passes in-house tests that are more rigorous than what the government requires.
Workers at the plant produce up to twenty thousand seats per day, which are distributed all over the world. This includes exports to China. These brothers and sisters dedicate themselves to quality work and duty that has made unions the driving force for superior labor in America.
“We’re making car seats,” states 1155 Local Vice President Levi Ritz. “If we make a mistake a child could die. You need dedicated workers who care about their jobs. It just wouldn’t work the same if you had new employees from a temp service walking through the door every day.”
This point was furthered by Local President Rick Seeley, “We have a lot of people who have been here many years. That helps, because they have seen it all.”
The company and the local also uphold a level of civic responsibility by maintaining a zero landfill facility.
The products produced by the 1155 Local must pass thorough and repeated testing. The members of the local perform the tests with management, keeping record of every single test performed. Each product is crash tested and the seat’s performance during the simulated crash is documented, measured, and studied.
“Everything about our products is regulated,” states Dorel Juvenile Director of Quality Assurance Terry Emerson.
There are two things Local 1155 members and Dorel Juvenile want all consumers to know. First, if a seat has been involved in an accident, it should never be reused. Second, don’t purchase used seats, since it is impossible to know if the seat has been involved in an accident which may have compromised its structural integrity.
Union members have long seen themselves as a family serving each other and their communities. The brothers and sisters of the Local 1155 take this responsibility into their hands every day, seeing to the safety of children all over the world with a level of care and diligence they would extend to their own families.
“The brotherhood is a family,” states Vernon Braxton, Warden for the 1155 local, “The idea is when that car seat touches your hands you should feel responsibility for its safety and confident enough to put your own children in it. If you take pride in that, then every car seat you touch should be good as gold.”
Thanks to the brothers and sisters of the 1155 Carpenters local, products that are not only Union Proud, but also made in the USA are available to all consumers. These products represent the best available, giving peace of mind to consumers that the child in the union built car seat, if properly restrained, is the safest occupant of the automobile.
These products are sold under the brands Cosco, Safety 1st, Maxi-Cosi, Quinny, and Tiny Love.