LA dockworkers win bias case against TABE standardized test
- Subject: LA dockworkers win bias case against TABE standardized test
- From: Ina Bind <OyvayO@AOL.COM>
- Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2000 10:35:51 EDT
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Dear FairTest list folks:
I thought you may be interested in this article about another aspect of
standardized tests; the use of the TABE in Los Angeles, CA. We use this same
test in Alabama, but not with students who are in ESL classes. What do you
all think about this?
Greetings to one and all,
IN THIS MESSAGE: LA Dock Workers Win $2.75 Million Bias Case;
Union/Immigrant Activists Rally in LA; Unions Warn over Pace of NY
Talks; NY Governor and Union Agree to 14% Raise
Dock Work Applicants Win Bias Case
Sunday, June 11, 2000; Page A23
LOS ANGELES, June 10 An employment exam for apprentice dock workers
discriminates against minorities because it tests skills that have little
to do with longshore work, a federal judge has ruled.
A consent decree approved Friday by U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian
bars further use of the Test of Adult Basic Education. The standard exam is
given by many employers and government agencies across the country and
tests reading comprehension, grammar and basic math.
The decree also requires shipping companies and a local union to pay $2.75
million to minorities who failed the test after they applied for dock work
in Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif.
As many as 2,200 minorities who applied for work with the International
Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association since
1997 will get to reapply.
They still must complete their training and pass the remaining battery of
written, driving and physical agility tests to be eligible for a share of
The companies, made up of 100 shipping lines, stevedore firms and operators
of cargo terminals on the West Coast, did not admit any wrongdoing.
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began to investigate
the test two years ago after a complaint by a black applicant.
© 2000 The Washington Post Company
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