Monday, February 11, 2008

A positive employment story

ABC World News had a story tonight about the Walgreen's Distribution Center in Anderson, South Carolina.

"Though the job market continues to be a bright spot in an otherwise
troubled economy, with the unemployment rate still just 4.7 percent, the national unemployment rate for disabled Americans is more than 44 percent.
Almost two decades after the first President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law, disabled Americans continue to face enormous barriers in the workplace. But in this building, abled and disabled workers do many of the same jobs and earn the same pay."

This Walgreens is different. 700 employees and 40% have a disability. Check out the video or the written transcript. It's well worth a look. I would have liked to have seen more about the training, accommodations, and profitability of the employment. It looks like the employees are very satisfied, and I imagine turnover is very low.

Walgreen executive Randy Lewis speaks of the success of the effort and says that any company could do what Walgreens is doing. He says,
"This building is not about charity. It's about opportunity."
This is so much better than how Walgreen's competitor addresses employment and disability issues. Way to go, Walgreens!