Taco was highlighted in a widely reported AP story on the recent White House Jobs Summit, featuring its success in avoiding company layoffs this year.
John Hazen White Jr. (center) stands on the factory floor with employees.
Inc. was highlighted in a widely reported Associated Press
story on the recent White House Jobs Summit, highlighting the company’s success
in avoiding laying off any of its workers during the downturn this year.
article focused on strategies that companies can
undertake to create and preserve jobs. The first of four examples cited in the
article concerned Taco’s experience. Rather than lay off experienced workers
during the course of this year, Taco elected to carry out a layoff avoidance
strategy called WorkShare, whereby workers worked a day less each week and made
up much of the difference in lost salary with unemployment compensation. WorkShare
also allowed workers at Taco to keep their benefits intact.
WorkShare effort affected almost 300 Taco production employees in Rhode Island
and Massachusetts, and was carried out in conjunction with the R.I. Department
of Labor & Training and the Mass. Department of Workforce Development.
“WorkShare has allowed us to make the best out of a difficult situation,”
commented Kyle Adamonis, Taco’s senior vice president of human resources. “It
makes it possible for us to keep our valued employees and maintain our
production, although at the slightly diminished level dictated by our
CEO and President John Hazen White Jr. has long maintained that his workers are
his most important obligation, even beyond his customers. “Taco employees are
my No. 1 priority,” he said, “because they are the key to our success.”
Island employers, in addition to Taco, have used WorkShare to avert the
equivalent of 5,800 layoffs through October 2009, the AP
article stated, adding that 17 states now participate in some version of the