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Gene Bjerke

A story from the piecework (actually semi-piecework) world. I once worked at a table factory that had a system perfected by the Communists (called the Stakhanovite system). Everyone was given a quota of pieces to put out. If you exceeded your quota, you were paid extra on a piecework basis. (What they didn’t tell you was that if you consistently beat the quota, it was raised). I always met quota, but my foreman (who, I assume, got paid extra when I did) was always urging me to work faster. One night he chewed me out for not putting out more product, which made me mad. So I worked like a fiend. Next night he was even madder because every single piece had been rejected by quality control. But he left me alone after that.

John Koenig

If the states (or Federal) government would extend Lemon Laws to cover RVs, I believe we would see a LOT of improvement in quality.

Bill Semion

Re: RV quality. Your editorial is right on. I know the usual answer about RV quality is, they’re complicated systems. Well that falls flat. So are semi-tractor trailers. So are modern automobiles. So are houses. Would you be happy if your house broke just as you moved in? I do not understand how RVs are sometimes so sloppily put together. Now I do, a little. If you’re paid by the piece, then it’s to your advantage to churn’em out as fast as you can. Who cares about quality.