ATU Local 113’s Executive Board will continue to fight in arbitration as the TTC announced it will start random drug and alcohol testing on Monday, May 8, 2017.
While our union will continue to fight hard against the TTC’s policy, we advise members to “obey now and grieve later.”
If you are selected for a random test, your union’s advice is not to refuse the test at this time. Any refusal of a random test will be used by the employer to ground discipline up to, and including, termination.
We share your frustration with the TTC. We know transit workers care about safety as much as anyone in Toronto, as your families and friends live in the communities we serve.
While we all agree safety should always be a priority, random drug testing does not improve safety – it’s a fear tactic designed to give a false sense of security.
As we’ve said before, ATU Local 113 will continue fighting because you deserve trust and respect from the employer.
We’ll keep you updated on the latest developments.