Spring 1994-Vol.5, No.3
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Safety in Numbers
An analysis of 41,000 union elections by unit size shows unions are far more successful at winning certification elections in small units than large ones.

Cracks in Japan’s Keiretsu System
Japan’s Keiretsu system is beginning to falter due to a depressed Japanese economy and U.S. political pressure. Also, many small Japanese companies that are the base of the Keiretsu system are filing for bankruptcy, forcing larger Japanese manufacturers to rely on outside suppliers.

Eat What You Kill: Variable Pay-An Increasing Trend
The use of variable pay or incentive programs has increased as a means to improve productivity and profitability.

Unions of the 1990’s: The Most Powerful in History?
Union membership has been declining for years, and now totals only 16% of the labor force, but union influence appears to be growing in selected industries, profiled in this article.

The Computer Injury Syndrome
The new syndrome is known as cumulative trauma disorder (CTD) attributable to jobs of a repetitive nature, such as data entry. As a result, CTD could escalate worker’s compensation claims and become a rallying cry for organized labor.

Will It Hurt Much?
A state-by-state comparison of the change in the percent of persons with no health insurance coverage.

The Cost of the Wrong Location
An examination of the highest and lowest electricity rates among investor owned power suppliers in the US.

Welcome to the Real World: Competitive Pressures Mount on Electricity Providers
With increased price competition, job cuts, and slow growth, electricity providers finally get a chance to experience what the real world is like for most other business organizations.

Buckle Up for Lower Worker’s Compensation Costs
Having employees use seat belts is a low cost way to effect significant reductions in workers compensation claims. The 320,000+ on-the-job vehicle accidents annually account for over one third of all workers comp costs.

Union Assault
After years of decline, union membership experienced a period of growth in 1993. The article also highlights the significant pay differences between union and non-union workers, by race and sex.