Over seven years RAI advised, assisted and led ConAgra and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) local unions in converting two meat processing plants, Armour Swift Ekrich (Refrigerated Food Products), and the Wesson Oil refinery from traditional organizations into high performance, new work systems. The redesigned and restructured organizations included self-managing, team-based, multi-skilled organizations with comprehensive business education training, pay-for-skills plans and pay-for-performance plans.
RAI also helped the parties set-up collaborative labor management structures, and facilitated successful interest-based negotiations.
In addition, RAI led the redesign and transformation of an existing factory that had originally opened as an innovative organization, but had become traditional due to the lack of implementation of the original design concepts.
All of facilities operated as successful high performance organizations achieving their business objectives.