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Metrolink workers plan to boycott personality tests

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A bouquet of flowers and a balloon stands on the passenger platform as a Metrolink commuter train passes just south of the site of the September 12 head-on collision between a Metrolink commuter train carrying 222 passengers and a freight train, on September 14, 2008. David McNew/Getty Images

Engineer and conductor unions for Southern California's Metrolink commuter rail service are vowing to boycott a new requirement for personality profile testing. The system's management says the evaluations will help prevent incidents like the 2008 Chatsworth train crash, caused by an engineer who was texting at the time. Amtrak takes over Metrolink's operation in July, and already requires such screenings when it hires new workers. Is it suitable to require conductors and engineers to take the tests? And are the evaluations effective in screening them?


Fred Oswald, Associate Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Rice University in Houston

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