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Articles by Irwin Speizer

The First 21st Century Strike

January 14, 2008
To those who look for trends in labor relations, the Writers Guild of America strike may provide some insights into the future of union activities in the U.S., particularly among workers outside traditional strongholds like manufacturing, service industries and government.
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Temp-to-Perm Trend Still Strong

August 23, 2007
The number of temporary workers retained as full-time employees is expected to grow by 15 percent this year. By using the temp-to-hire approach, companies can try out potential permanent hires without the costs associated with an immediate full-time hire.
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The Independent Contractor Question

June 29, 2007
The use of independent contractors in place of employees has been on the rise in the U.S. for years and continues to stir debate over its impact on worker protections. Congress has recently taken a renewed interest in the subject with the arrival of a Democratic majority, with one representative calling the misclassification of employees as contract workers “a national problem with implications for federal laws and our federal coffers; a problem we must solve.”
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Closing the Skills Gap

May 21, 2007
Companies like Caterpillar and San Antonio’s University Health System are examples of how organizations are using training and development programs to bridge the space between their employees’ skills and their organizations’ needs.
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