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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Promote Professional Development in a Union Shop?

March 31, 2005
Which performance-management and professional-development strategies would work best in a nonprofit, public-sector, unionized environment? More specifically, which type of incentives and learning culture are needed for employees to embrace professional development when job security is not an issue, under-performance is difficult to address, guaranteed salaries are negotiated by the union, and there is no room for bonuses?
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United Airlines Pilots Dispute Reveals Generational Schism

March 31, 2005
Active pilots say that saving the bankrupt carrier takes priority over maintaining current benefit levels for retired fliers. The predicament facing United and its pilots, both past and present, is one that will be more prevalent as the number of older workers and retirees begins to outpace the number of younger employees.
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Wal-Mart's Man With a Mission

March 3, 2005
Lawrence V. Jackson, Wal-Mart’s new chief human resources officer, has been both a friend to workers and a tough-minded management honcho. He’ll need both sets of skills as he steps into a leadership role at a company facing class-action lawsuits, unionization battles and huge worldwide growth.
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