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Too many job applicants can’t pass drug test, Pa. business leaders bemoan

Published: Sun, May 12, 2013 @ 12:57 p.m.

Too many job applicants can’t pass drug test, Pa. business leaders bemoan

Associated Press


Business leaders say Gov. Tom Corbett was right when he said Pennsylvania employers are having trouble finding prospective workers who can pass a drug test — and candidates who lack even basic skills is also a problem.

The York Dispatch says that was the consensus among members of several business groups on a conference call last week.

One participant said despite the state’s 8 percent unemployment rate, too many prospective employees “don’t have the skills, and drug testing is a problem.”

Another said the issue is of greatest concern in the manufacturing industry, where workers may deal with volatile chemicals, bladed instruments, or other potentially hazardous conditions.

Democrats heaped criticism on the Republican governor for suggesting that too many residents remain unemployed because they cannot pass drug tests.


1redeye1(5673 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Over here in Ohio we have Gov't members who want to legalize the use weed , .That sure makes a lot sense doesn't it. I guess, if Hagan has his way, he will get alot of votes from the welfare mob, because they can't or won't find jobs.

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2Jerry(862 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

When can we expect to hear about the profuse public apologies from the Democrats for their unfair and unfounded criticism of the Governor, who was just stating the truth????

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3Askmeificare(1255 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Look, I am a man with ALL of the answers.

Are you ready for the solution to this problem?

Legalize marijuana. That's right, legalize it.

That way when it pops in a drug test, welll, hey, the employer can hire that mind controlled applicant.

Yes, that mind controlled applicant.

What a better way to control an individual than to control their feeble pathetic drug induced mind AND their paycheck.

So what if they get hurt. So what if they cry all the time. So what if they admit they are a victim. So what if their life expectancy dramatically decreases.

It's almost as good as going back to $2.12 minimum wage.

I know, I know- I am the "got all the answers" man. I can solve the worlds problems and I'm not even sitting on a bar stool.

Thank you. Thank you very much.

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4Askmeificare(1255 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

At Jerry:

BTW, please, what "truth" did the Governor state?

Thank you.

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5hausser(21 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Everybody knows the problem with the state is the Governor. Never has a more corrupt individual held such a high office. He's poisoned more of his constituents than Saddam Hussein. He makes Richard Nixon look more pius than Pope John Paul

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6Jerry(862 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

@ Askmeificare

Apparently Tom Corbett was quoted saying the following:

.........."There are many employers that say, 'we’re looking for people, but we can’t find anybody that has passed a drug test,' a lot of them," Corbett said during an interview on Radio PA's "Ask the Governor" program. "And that’s a concern for me because we’re having a serious problem with that."...............

Apparently he was criticized for saying this, and apparently it is, in fact, true that finding employees capable of passing a drug test is a significant problem holding up hiring in PA.

Apparently he was being criticized for saying something that is, in fact, true.

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7Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

""Democrats heaped criticism on the Republican governor for suggesting that too many residents remain unemployed because they cannot pass drug tests.""

The TRUTH hurts, huh?

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8Askmeificare(1255 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

At Jerry:

Thank you very kindly for responding and expalining to me the comments.

I see now. I am a Democrat, but I must agree with you and the Governor.

I wonder though, if drugs apparently are "now negatively impacting" at least the regional economy, will the government step up its "war on drugs" or, as I prefer, to cutback on social programs, especially those programs to assist drug "consumers" to get clean and sober.

Hey, drug addicts couldn't make the proper life decision to stay away from drugs in the first place. All drug addicts are thieves and none accept personal responsibility.

Take their programs away.

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9VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Never fear, Drugged up applicants are here in Ohio as well. They can present themselves well during an interview and even will indicate passing a drug test will be no problem. Then the reality hits ... yep, they're users.

You would think, well what's the harm? They seem so nice. Until payday. Then, they begin using again, Missing time from work. Lagging production. Making others pick up their slack. Trying to befriend co-workers into becoming users. Stealing from their employer. I have heard of applicants stealing from a business where they just filled out an application for employment. They were on camera! But many times the employer does not file charges, they're just happy to get rid of them!

When they sense their time is nearly up, they look for a free ride...discrimination, job related injuries, harassment, lawsuits...that is why employers have to go through so many background checks, drug tests, Facebook, Twitter, even go out to the parking lot and look at their car while they fill out paperwork. Is the applicant living in a trashed vehicle? If so, do you want them working for you? When you have a basket full of applications, you can be selective, but which one is the right one? And once you hire them, how long will they stay before they move on for a better opportunity?

The hiring process today is such a dynamic event and uses so much of an employer's time, many employers resort to a hiring agency to sort through all the mud.

Today's workforce is much more complicated and dynamic than in years past, so it requires much more careful work as well as hope that it pays off.

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10jfgiancola(177 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

We will continue having these kind of problems as long as we keep coddling drug users. Drug business, as any business is, is supply and demand. If we can't ( or won't ) do anything about the supply, then attack the demand. People arrested for illegal drug sales should be executed. Those arrested for drug use should be given one and only one chance to get clean. The second arrest should result in life on some deserted island where they can waste their life away with the other stoners. If we don't stop coddling these people and treating them as "victims" the problem will never go away. At some point the decision to use drugs was voluntary and actions should have consequences.

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11JoeFromHubbard(1817 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago


>> At some point the decision to use drugs was voluntary and actions should have consequences. <<

Those consequences are the lack of meaningful employment at this stage of the game.

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