ACLU Report Urges End To Workplace Drug Tests

ACLU Report Urges End To Workplace Drug Tests
Posted by FoM on September 10, 1999 at 15:25:54 PT
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Sept. 9, 1999, New York, NY: The American Civil Liberties Union is urging the U.S. Government and corporate America to end workplace drug testing, citing high costs and low dividends according to a 27-page report published by the group this week. 
The ACLU is sending the report to CEOs, union officials, and human resources professionals urging them to end drug testing as a condition of employment.   The report examines 10 years of research and empirical evidence on drug use among workers relating to the impact on performance and effectiveness in identifying workplace abuse.   The ACLU report concluded: Based on the federal government's drug testing program, it costs $77,000 to identify one drug user. Lost productivity studies claiming that drug users cost up to $100 billion each year are based on vague comparisons of household drug use and income, with no analysis of actual productivity data. A recent survey of 63 Silicon Valley companies found that drug- testing reduces, rather than enhances worker productivity. The moderate use of illicit drugs by workers during off-duty hours is no more likely than moderate off-duty alcohol use to compromise worker safety.   "We have always believed drug testing of unimpaired workers stands the presumption of innocence on its head and violates the most fundamental privacy rights," said Ira Glasser, ACLU Executive Director. "Now we know that sacrificing these rights serves no legitimate business purpose either."   For more information, please contact Amy Weil or Emily Whitfield of the ACLU at (212) 549-2666. To view the report: ACLU Report Debunks Workplace Urine Testing - 9/04/99 News NORML News Articles:
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Comment #1 posted by R. Bays on November 04, 1999 at 20:10:12 PT
ACLU / drug testing
 I just read that the ACLU wants the government to end workplace drug testing.! This has got to be the stupidest thing i've ever heard of.! What about the trucking industry, with an impaired driver, hauling a load with a combination of 120,000 lbs, and running a stop sign and killing a bus load of children.!  Oh, i almost forgot about the truck drivers rights to get loaded and go to work, (i guess i got carried away and lost my head ! ). I wonder how many of the people in the aclu would react if one of thier kids was on that bus.! You guys really need to wake up and find out where the rights of a few druggies stops, and the rights of the majority of intelligent people begin. I just can't believe that anyone would jepardise public safety as a trade off for drug use. ONLY IN AMERICA!!
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