Like you, we’re outraged about the Ontario court’s decision to deny an injunction to overturn the TTC’s random drug and alcohol testing policy, which we know won’t reduce accidents or improve safety. But we’re going to keep fighting because the judge said himself he’s “satisfied that there are serious issues to be tried at arbitration.”
We were back in arbitration on Tuesday to continue fighting to overturn the TTC’s discriminatory policy. We’re also closely reviewing the court’s decision to determine our legal options.
While we continue to fight against this policy, the TTC said it intends to start random drug and alcohol testing in the near future.
We must follow Canadian labour law as it’s written. Therefore, we must unfortunately “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 feel and agree with your frustration about the TTC’s daily attack on your credibility, dignity and human rights. We refuse to accept this and we’re going to keep fighting because you deserve trust and respect from the employer.
We’ll keep you updated on the latest developments.