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Articles by Mark Schoeff Jr.

SHRM Restructures to Better Serve 'Hurting' Members

August 24, 2009
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The organization's CEO says members are feeling the pain of an enfeebled economy. A new organizational structure aims to better meet their needs. Also, a fee increase and cuts in financial support to chapters were not implemented this year.
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Aitken Guides HR Organization Through Policy, Politics

August 24, 2009
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Mike Aitken, director of government affairs at the Society for Human Resource Management, keeps members informed and represents the group's interests with legislators and the administration. It's a key role, given that advocacy is one of SHRM's new focus areas.
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NLRB Decisions Could Make Card Check a Reality

July 7, 2009
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If the right case comes along, the National Labor Relations Board could rule that a company must recognize a union formed through the card-check process.
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Is the Employee Free Choice Act Dead

July 7, 2009
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Although Senate Democrats have reached the filibuster-proof figure of 60, some in the ranks are opposed to the Employee Free Choice Act, and there may not be 60 votes for it. Some say a key provision—union approval without a secret ballot—will be negotiated out of the bill in favor of other approaches.
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Employee Free Choice Act Card-Checked Companies Won't Talk

July 7, 2009
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Organizations including AT&T, Verizon and Kaiser Permanente have used the card-check process to let their employees join unions, but they won’t discuss it. Advocates of the Employee Free Choice Act say that big companies that use card check are staying out of the debate because of bullying by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is leading the charge against the bill. The chamber denies that.
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Health Care Union Accuses SEIU of Card-Check Hypocrisy

July 7, 2009
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The Service Employees International Union is being accused of refusing to allow members to use the card-check process to defect to a rival union.
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Two Ways to Legislate Slogging Along Improves Outcomes

July 7, 2009
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Two bills making their way through Congress illustrate starkly different ways that important employment-related legislation is being created by lawmakers.
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SHRM Members Tap Local Chapters for Support, HQ for Information

June 25, 2009
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HR practitioners stressed out by delivering bad news during layoffs aren’t likely to contact the industry’s national organization for emotional support. Rather than serving as a massive employee assistance program, the Society for Human Resource Management is providing professional guidance to help manage the economic downturn.
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SHRM Looks to Turn Crisis Into Opportunity

June 19, 2009
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An economic crisis is creating an opportunity for the Society for Human Resource Management. As companies slash payrolls and tighten their belts in other ways that squeeze employees, the association is trying to make itself indispensable to HR professionals.
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Employers Turn to Lobbyists to Navigate Benefits Policy Issues

May 27, 2009
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In the face of stepped-up activity on workplace law in Washington, employers are increasingly turning to lobbying organizations to help them navigate actual and potential changes in benefits policy.
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