Direct Labor: Variable or Fixed Cost? Throughout the corporate world, businesses are transforming labor into a more flexible (and variable) cost. Among such
companies are HewlettPackard, General Electric, DuPont, Sun Microsystems, and British Airways. Discuss whether direct labor is a fixed or a variable cost. What are the pros and cons of management treating direct labor as a variable cost? Are there ethical issues to be considered here? Respond to at least two of your fellow studentsâ€™ postings.