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Articles by Irwin Speizer

From Fields to Factories The Roots of the Immigration Debate

August 18, 2006
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An estimated 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants now live in the U.S., forcing employers in nearly every industry to confront workforce issues California farmers have dealt with for decades.
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Trials of the H-2A System

August 17, 2006
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In the heightened security that followed the September 11 terrorist attacks, Luawanna Hallstrom discovered just how dependent she had become on illegal farmworkers from south of the border.
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Wal-Mart Training Goes Into Wholesale Overhaul

May 22, 2006
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The retailer scraps long-held practices in a far-reaching effort to update learning programs and, at last, quantify their results.
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Doctorate Addresses Training Gap for CLOs

May 22, 2006
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The University of Pennsylvania’s program is thought to be the first comprehensive curriculum for corporate learning.
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The State of Training and Development More Spending, More Scrutiny

May 22, 2006
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As investment in training continues to rise, with resources migrating away from in-house programs, employers are demanding better accounting to ensure that their development dollars go toward furthering strategic goals and bolstering the bottom line.
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McDonalds Consistency Begins with an Education at Hamburger University

May 22, 2006
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The heart of McDonald’s Corp.’s store management training system is Hamburger University, which is where 5,000 to 7,000 store managers are trained each year.
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Mergers Transforming Outsourced Training

May 22, 2006
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Large corporate marriages fuel demand for vendors to help manage global networks, provide more sophisticated services.
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Overcoming a Costly Legacy

March 24, 2006
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For Ford Motor Co. and other Detroit automakers, on of the most confounding challenges revolves around so-called "legacy costs," the financial burden of pension and health benefits for retirees.
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Ford The Right Way Forward

March 24, 2006
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Beyond job cuts and plant closures, Ford Motor Co. has revealed few details about its ambitious workforce restructuring plan. What's known, however, is the automaker has a tough road ahead as it tries to overhaul its U.S. operations--and that half-measures won't do.
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Good Intentions, Lost in Translation

December 2, 2005
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Incentives are catching on overseas, but the value of awards can be misunderstood. Cultural and economic factors affect how they're viewed.
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