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Drug testing of Labrador mine workers invasion of privacy: union

Policy would affect new employees in ‘safety sensitive positions’


According to the United Steelworkers, mandatory drug testing for some mine workers is an invasion of privacy. The union is opposing the Iron Ore Company of Canada’s plan to test new employees in “safety sensitive positions” at its Labrador West mine beginning next month. The company says current employees would only be subjected to drug testing if drug abuse is suspected. In addition to privacy concerns, United Steelworkers Local 5795 president George Kean says the mandatory testing is a form of management intimidation.

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Drug testing of Labrador mine workers invasion of privacy: union

  1. Right. It's management intimidation to ensure the safety of all workers by ensuring (safety sensitive) workers aren't high or tipsy. Good call, George.

    • It won't be testing for 'tipsy'. that's the sad part. This is only a drug test which are at best inconclusive because they can't tell when the drug was ingested. There is no alcohol component to the testing. I'm all for drug testing but it needs to be effectual. I also think that people who avail of social support should have to undergo the same testing. If I have to pass a drug test to pay for welfare programs, people should have to pass the test to avail of them.

  2. Privacy concerns exist when the tests go beyond testing if someone is high or tipsy. A person can fail a drug test by testing positive for THC (marijuana) up to six weeks after consumption.

    Possibly a more urgent concern is of the long term effects this will have on society. Many casual marijuana users who are otherwise legal abiding and hardworking may be tempted to switch to a more socially destructive drug as cocaine. A cocaine or 'crack' user can pass a drug test after only a few days of abstaining.

    These drug tests have been in existence for several years in the oil sands of Alberta and other major projects. I'm quite certain that these circumstances have contributed to the destruction of the livelihood of many a Canadian construction worker and their families.

    • Good Point you have made!

  3. It is interesting that on the news, during a video interview, the lady referred to the fact that 'we all know it goes on', well, if it is 'going' on that would apply to 'present' employees, so why would only 'new' employees be tested. Seems like the problem is 'already' there.

  4. people who dont do drugs, if they have been around people who have can fall, this is unfair and wrong, friend of mine just got tested. hes nerves from being around other people. get the ones that are wacked out at work already