Union Membership Rate in the United States on the Decline

The percent of union membership among wage and salary workers in the United States declined from 11.8 percent in 2011 to 11.3 percent in 2012, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last year’s decline appears to be part of a trend: The United States counted 17.7 million union workers in 1983 compared to 14.4 million union workers in 2012. “Union jobs are good jobs,” said Deputy Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris. “They are essential to growing and maintaining a strong middle class, which is vital to the economic health of this country. It is critical that we continue to ensure all people have […]

Developing an Effective Training and Development Program, Part 2: Implementing KSAs

In Part 1 of this series, we examined the role organizational structure plays in developing an effective training and development program. In this second and final installment, we’ll discuss implementing knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs) in your training objectives. Learning objectives must be established and adhered to when developing a training program – otherwise, training activities may bear few results. Regardless of the training subject matter, training objectives should always address each component of the acronym KSA, which stands for knowledge, skills and attitudes. Each KSA element is an important part of learning and development. Training (regardless of the subject) should result in improved knowledge, improved skills and an improved […]

Infographic: Is Your City One of the Deadliest for Workers?

According to an infographic from Graphic Products, not all cities in America are created equal when it comes to death rates from occupational injuries. Smaller cities built around a specific industry, for example, are more likely to have dangerous work environments. The infographic, “Deadliest and Safest Cities to Work In,” reveals that Midland, Texas, is considered the “most dangerous” city for workers, based on a rate of 85.53 worker fatalities per 100,000 (that works out to be 12 fatalities for the city’s 140,308 population). Workers in the Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, Calif., region, meanwhile, enjoy the lowest rate at 5.97 fatalities per 100,000 (that’s 13 fatalities in a population of 2,176,235). To learn […]