Suncor fails to make case for random tests

Oil giant didn't show relationship between substance abuse and risks: Arbitrator
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/14/2014

ABSENT PROOF OF a rampant substance abuse problem, an employer’s plea to conduct random workplace drug and alcohol testing won’t find a sympathetic ear from arbitrators.

That was the message relayed in a recent ruling that pitted oil and energy giant Suncor against its union.

Handed down at the end of March, an arbitration board sided with the local Unifor chapter, ruling Suncor Energy’s plan to implement random testing at its plant in the Wood Buffalo region in Alberta was a breach of management rights.