Random drug and alcohol testing violates basic human rights, judge rules

Suncor ordered to eliminate pre-access testing for Northern Ontario contractors
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/04/2013

Does privacy trump security? That question has been repeatedly raised, especially when it comes to random drug and alcohol testing, which has been the focus of courts across the country in recent months.

One of the most recent cases originates in Sarnia, Ont., where a group of about 70 construction workers contracted by major companies such as Suncor, IOL, DuPont and Nova Chemicals were victorious in quashing their employer’s bid for pre-access random drug and alcohol testing.

The Sarnia Construction Association (SCA) is a multi-trade employer’s organization consisting of the aforementioned major companies, and which administers collective bargaining for its construction contractors and suppliers.