Thursday, March 27, 2014

Suncor loses another round in push to test oilsands workers for alcohol, drugs – Journal of Commerce

article at Journal of Commerce: March 26, 2014

Suncor loses another round in push to test oilsands workers for alcohol, drugs

Oilsands giant Suncor Energy has lost another battle in its attempt to randomly test thousands of union workers in northern Alberta for drugs and alcohol.

A court-ordered arbitration panel has sided with the union Unifor that represents 3,600 workers in the Fort McMurray area and which had filed a grievance against the policy.

The majority of panel members ruled there is no evidence that there is an out-of-control drinking or drug culture at Suncor.

The panel said the random testing policy is an unreasonable exercise of Suncor's management rights.

Suncor says it will ask the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench for a judicial review of the ruling.

The union says it will work with Suncor to improve workplace safety through education and prevention programs.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

United Steelworkers Local 9346 (Elkview Operations) V. Teck Coal Limited

article: Mondaq - Canada:

In this decision, a labour arbitrator refused to prohibit the implementation of a random drug and alcohol testing policy pending a decision on the merits of a grievance filed by the employees' union.