Electrician off work after refusing drug, alcohol testing

Testing required by employer following workplace accident
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/25/2016

After electrician George Degg was in an on-site accident, his employer — Jacobs Industrial — required him to undergo drug and alcohol testing. When Degg refused, he was barred from returning to work.


Degg filed an individual grievance against his Ontario-based employer. His union — the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 353 — filed a policy grievance, arguing Degg was unjustly dismissed. Both grievances argued the requirement to undergo drug and alcohol testing violated the parties’ collective agreement, Degg’s privacy rights and relevant human rights legislation.