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Special Assignment (Drug Testing in the Workplace) #111149

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 04, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Capital Cities/ABC policy on new employees and drug testing noted.

(Hercules, California: Joe Bergantino) Growing controversy over fairness, accuracy and effectiveness of drug testing in the workplace examined; details given, scenes shown. Pacific Refining cited as example [Worker Wanda CREER - describes experience.] [Pacific spokesperson Dan HILL - defs. program.] [New York Civil Liberties Union spokesperson Norman SIEGEL - thinks country's in midst of drug testing craze.] National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health said contradicting rationale used by private companies for drug testing; details outlined on screen. Error rate in drug tests noted. [SIEGEL - opposes employers' right to monitor workers' private activities.] [Kidder Peabody and Company Incorporated spokesperson Ed WEIHENMAYER - defends testing program.] Justice Department's contradiction of companies' claim of relationship between worker theft and drug use noted. Pols. involved said supported by President Reagan. [REAGAN - wants drug-free workplace.] [Former Drug Enforcement Admin. chief Peter BENSINGER - defends drug testing.] [Pacific worker Gary HAHN - explains Pacific Refining workers' legal effort to halt program.] [Ed NOVAK - explains refusing to submit to Pacific's testing.]

Bergantino, Joe;
Jennings, Peter

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