CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 04, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Labor Department reported announcing 1987 productivity figs. Some American business reported using mind-altering techniques to manage competition. Report introduced.
(Seattle, WA: Bob Faw) Motivational business seminar featured; details given, scenes shown. [Pacific Bell spokesperson Carole WESTPHAL - praises classes.] American industry reported spending record amts. on motivational companies' courses. Critics noted asserting Jim Jones' mind-control techniques being incorporated rather than Dale Carnegie's. Courses noted called brainwashing. [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) attorney Amy TOTENBERG - says empls.' lives being controlled.] [Budget Rent-A-Car spokesperson Rich WATRING - compares techniques to those used by religion cults.] [Car dealer Steve HIATT - calls class evil and Satanic.] Employers noted not having right to totally change employees. Employers quoted. Some employees reported calling classes form of coercion. Atlanta, Georgia, produce worker Abdi Mohammad reported fired because he refused to attend motivational seminar. Frank Marsengill noted fired for same reason; termination notice quoted on screen. [MARSENGILL - says in free cntry., employer can't force employee to join group against will.] Hiatt mentioned also fired in Tacoma, WA, when he complained that course violated religion beliefs. [HIATT - explains objections.] Ex-high school football coach Lou Teice reported teaching courses for Pacific Institution Incorporated [TEICE - comments on motivational thinking.] Fortune 500's evaluation of Teice's course quoted on screen. [TEICE - says course really common sense.] Fired Atlanta workers reported suing on premise of religion discrimination. [TEICE - defends position against Hiatt's accusations.] Critics quoted. [WATRING - condemns co.'s tactics.] Employee-employer rights issue noted unresolved.