Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal Against Suncor’s Random Drug Testing

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Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal Against Suncor’s Random Drug Testing

It looks like the battle over random drug and alcohol testing at Suncor is coming to an end.

The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed Unifor Local 707A’s appeal on Thursday.

Suncor started their drug and alcohol testing policy back in 2003 – first implementing random tests in 2012.

Speaking to Fort McMurray News in December 2017, Local Unifor President Ken Smith told Fort McMurray News these random tests were violating the workers’ basic human rights.

“It’s a very embarrassing situation for a lot of people to go through, it’s uncalled for.”

Unifor would eventually file a grievance report and in 2014 an Arbitration Panel ruled the tests were, in fact, a violation of their rights.

Suncor eventually applied for a judicial review and in May 2016, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench rejected the Arbitration's decision.

An appeal of the decision was quickly ruled against, however, Unifor received an interim injunction to allow them time to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Fort McMurray News contacted Unifor Local 707A but didn’t receive a response.
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