Alice Alphonse, a research associate in a survey research group at a
private firm, has been called on to testify in the state
legislature following her recent completion of a state funded project
on wage and cooperation in the state's food processing industry. A
recent explosion in one of these five plants has raised questions about
safety standards and practices in the industry. Alphonse's work
consisted of off-site interviews with a sample of approximately 200
workers. It is difficult to secure the compensation of workers because
they feared retaliation by management. Her work was funded by a state
grant, obligating her to respond to the state. She is uncertain that
she has sufficient data on plant safety. While information on safety
was volunteered by some workers in response to an open-ended question
on job satisfaction, she did not specifically collect information on
the safety aspects of work in the plants.
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