Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Nickel and Dimed questions

To avoid interrupting her narrative, Barbara Ehrenreich frequently places statistical information in footnotes at the bottom of the page. This set of three posts asks that you respond to some of this information. You are not required to do independent research to determine for certain whether her statistics are accurate. You are asked only to respond by considering such questions as: Do her numbers sound credible? If they are accurate, is the issue she describes a matter that should be of concern? Does it represent a good or a bad business practice? Does it represent an ethical practice? Would you willingly work for a company that carried on such practices?

You need not answer each of those questions for each issue raised; they are included simply to try to help you find suitable ways to respond.

The first issue appears below. The other two are in separate posts to make it easier for you to respond.

1. Eighty-one percent of large employers now require preemployment drug testing, up from 21 percent in 1987 (Page 14).

11 Comments:

Anonymous Emily McGeachy said...

Yes her numbers sound credible. Especially in the professional athletic industry, today more players are trying to get ahead of the competition by abusing performance-enhancing steroids. Drug-testing is a must that represents ethical fairness and respect. Drug-testing is a major concern for employees to be professional at their jobs, it could cost a business profit and instill a bad reputation. I would have no problem working for a company that drug-tests, it would make me feel better about the job and its standards for employees.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous cody rose said...

I think this is an accurate number. I also think that drug testing should be mandatory, it can only benefit business.

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Jeff Pritchard said...

i agree wiht both of these statements. i feel that this a strong buiness mve for most people. making the work place and work force drug free will only benifit teh business and make the establishment a more friendly place

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Haley Goetz said...

I think these numbers sound very credible and have probably increased even more since the date the research took place. Drug testing represents a good business practice, showing the public that the business’s employees are drug-free, hence more reliable.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Trent Panasuk said...

I think these numbers sound right. As Haley said this is a good business practice and can only help the efficiency of the business.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous luke mahlen said...

i forgot to put my name on the last post

7:11 PM  
Anonymous luke mahlen said...

I think these numbers are accurate. Drug testing can only help provide a clean, dependable service for customers.

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Nichole Peterson said...

I think the numbers are right. I know in a lot of places back home make you take a drug test. The numbers have probably even gone up since marijunana has become more of a problem recently. I think its a good idea too since it picks out the good workers from the bad.

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Beccah Maier said...

As everyone else said, her numbers do sound credible. More and more people are using drugs these days and they need to be caught. Drug users won’t make reliable workers. They can often be flaky and not show up to work. By drug testing, the employers can be sure that they are hiring the best qualified for the job at hand. This may seem like an infringement of privacy, but it is a smart practice for the employers.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous maria pettersson said...

These numbers seem a bit high. However, I haven't been in the U.S. for a very long time and I haven't seen what's going on in the "minimum wage world". I would be offended if my employer asked for a drug test before hiring me. There are other ways to find out if the employee is "clean".

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Jessi Campbell said...

I believe these numbers. I haven't ever been drug tested for a jon, but i know many people that have. It doesnt surprise me that the numbers are rising.

2:40 PM  

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