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Articles by Andy Meisler

A High-Stakes Union Fight Who Will Fold First

January 5, 2004
As businesspeople, unionists and politicians watch closely, Cintas, a proud company with a long history, and UNITE, heading up a resurgent union coalition, are locked in a ferocious battle. Many of their principles and tactics are old-fashioned. Others are as up-to-date as a smart bomb.
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Think Globally, Act Rationally

January 5, 2004
Offshoring jobs and salaries is all the rage in corporate America. But this panacea du jour has as many pitfalls as potential cost advantages. At a recent closed-door conference in Houston, promoters of offshoring to India touted the benefits to a rapt audience. But there were some sobering asides amid the hoopla, such as news of a 50 percent failure rate and savings that aren't so spectacular.
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Drug Testing's Negative Results

October 3, 2003
Convinced by shaky economic data and appeals to civic virtue, employers have long allowed themselves to be persuaded that testing employees for drug use is the right thing to do. Now, after hard looks at budget and some long-simmering issues about trust and efficacy, they're not so sure.
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Grading on the Curve

September 18, 2003
There's nothing new about the process itself. Law firms, college faculties and the military have operated under an "up or out" ethos for eons, and a number of companies, including PepsiCo, have used it for several decades.
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