June 20, 1989 |
Workers who tested positive on pre-employment drug tests were substantially more likely to be absent or fired in the months that followed, according to a two-year landmark study of the relationship between drug use and job performance. The U.S. Postal Service says the finding justifies its plan to exclude applicants who test positive for drugs from the world's fourth-largest workforce beginning in December. But the study, while showing a powerful connection between cocaine use and job performance, showed only a slight relationship for marijuana use. And, when the results are compared with other surveys, drugs appear less related to job performance than alcohol abuse, smoking or even the age and sex of workers.
April 4, 1990 |
Deptford Township's director of community development, Robert Marmion, who was fired in March, has been given a two-month reprieve. The "cooling-off period," as Marmion described it during an interview earlier this week, was agreed to at a March 20 meeting among Marmion, his attorney, the township's solicitor and several members of the Township Council. Between now and June 1, Marmion's attorney Bruce Hasbrouck and township solicitor Eugene McCaffrey Jr. will try to determine whether proper civil service procedures were followed when Marmion was fired last month, Marmion said.
October 3, 2014 |
Gov. Christie's job approval rating dropped to 46 percent among New Jersey voters, one of his lowest, in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. At the same time, President Obama's approval rating hit an all-time low in New Jersey of 41 percent among registered voters, according to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll also released Wednesday. In both instances, the polls said the drops were driven by declines among women. While 51 percent of men surveyed in the Quinnipiac poll approved of Christie, among women 43 percent approved and 48 percent disapproved.
June 8, 2000 |
Apparently sickened by the prospect of losing her job, Borough Manager Victoria Keller has not shown up for work since May 31, the day after Borough Council called an executive meeting to discuss her job performance. Keller has been calling in sick since then, said her attorney Richard Patton, because a doctor had determined that the stress in her current work environment is making her physically ill. Officials have made no decision about Keller's fate. But she will be a topic for public discussion at Tuesday night's council meeting, during which, Borough Council President Richard Hirschfield said, "some action" will be taken.
September 24, 1999 |
Citing a litany of problems, the Chester Upland Board of Control fired the school district's personnel director, Marvin K. Hackett, yesterday. Hackett, a former Delaware State University personnel director, had spent less than a year on the job at a salary of $60,000 a year. At a meeting yesterday, the three-member control board, with member C.R. Pennoni absent, found him responsible for unsatisfactory performance, neglect of duty, insubordination, violation of the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and incompetence.
October 31, 1995 |
Gov. Ridge may be a golden boy around Erie, but in these parts he's seen as a bumbler, according to the latest Keystone Poll. As his job performance on a key local issue plummeted, his favor with the voters sank dramatically from earlier polls. Not surprisingly, his downfall poll relates to his handling of the Meyer Werft deal that would have pumped millions of dollars into the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Only 13 percent of the city residents polled thought Ridge had done a good or excellent job negotiating that deal.
April 2, 1987 |
The Magnolia Council last night unanimously accepted the resignation of borough tax collector Maria Capuzzi. Capuzzi said in a letter received by the council Tuesday that she wanted her resignation retroactive to March 19. She did not give a reason in her letter for quitting, but she had been under fire from the council. Contacted at her home after last night's meeting, Capuzzi declined to comment on her resignation. Last month, Capuzzi said she had not been to work since the middle of February and had failed to attend three council meetings called especially to discuss her job performance and alleged record-keeping problems in the tax collection office because of "nervous tension, stress and pressure" related to her job. At that time, Mayor Catherine M. Quigley said Capuzzi had continued to use a record-keeping method that the council twice last year asked her to change.
January 11, 2013 |
Two years after he left office, there seems to be an enduring yearning for Ed Rendell. The former Democratic governor is all over the media, and a poll this week found Rendell leading his successor, Republican Gov. Corbett, in a hypothetical match. "He's endearing, he's blunt, and he's addicted to public policy and politics - in it for the long haul," said Larry Ceisler, a Democratic consultant. "He makes good copy. " And Rendell was recently approached by a key adviser to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who tried to recruit him to reenter politics and run for mayor of the Big Apple.
October 4, 2013
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February 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The ethics allegations surrounding New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez have taken a steep toll on his public image, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. The poll gave Menendez, a Democrat, an upside-down approval rating - 36 percent of New Jersey voters approve of his job performance, 41 percent disapprove. That's a 15-point drop from Jan. 23, when Quinnipiac last checked voter views on Menendez and found that 51 percent approved of his job performance.