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Drug Testing in the Workplace #548811

NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 14, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Senator Paula Hawkins' call for drug testing of all government workers, include President and his cabinet, reported; details given.

(NYC: Lisa Myers) Growing use of drug tests in the workplace said illustrated by programs at General Motors, "Kansas City Star" and Cherry Electrical Corporation [Cherry president Peter CHERRY - defs. tests.] [Drug consultant Peter BENSINGER - offers his justification for such tests.] Opposition to random testing outlined; error rate at some laboratories noted. San Francisco mentioned 1st city outlawing all drug testing without evidence. [City supervisor Bill MAHER - notes Southern Pacific Corp.'s action was catalyst to ordinance; explains.] [Southern Pacific spokesperson Robert TAGGART - responds.] RR's argument for tests and background to controversy reviewed. [Allen PETTIGREW - discusses his experience with Southern Pacific.] Impact of test results on Pettigrew described. [PETTIGREW - feels life has been ruined.] [MAHER - thinks tests presume guilt rather than innocence.] [TAGGART - responds.] Nationwide status of drug testing laws mentioned.

Brokaw, Tom;
Myers, Lisa

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