Friday, September 9, 2005
The Transportation Research Board’s Taskforce on Railroad Operational Safety is conducting a 1-1/2 day conference on "Investing in Human Capital: Selection, Training and Work Socialization in the Railroad Industry." The conference will be held at the Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, California, on September 15-16, 2005. Special lodging rates will be available at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Hotel, in Newport Beach, California.
The theme for this meeting focuses on the burgeoning issue of railroad employee selection, training, and work socialization. Traditionally, job knowledge was passed down through families and through well-identified, structured career paths. However, many of these career paths no longer exist. Furthermore, the railroad workforce is becoming more diverse and includes many first-generation railroaders. With the passing of these traditional entry points, and changes in the makeup of the workforce, there exists a need to explore how new employees are being selected and prepared for their work, and its potential impact upon system safety.
Monday, September 5, 2005
In Working on Rights, A Look at the "Right to Work" Movement, George Leef, executive director of the John William Pope Center for Higher Education in Raleigh, North Carolina, and author of Free Choice for Workers: A History of the Right to Work Movement is interviewed by National Review Online Editor Kathryn Lopez.
- Joe Hodnicki