After spending years trying to come to an agreement with the union on the issue, TTC CEO Andy Byford has declared that the transit service will move ahead with random alcohol and drug testing of its employees.
Byford sent a memo to employees Monday, informing them that funding has finally been made available for such a program. The commission has had the power to introduce testing since a policy chance in 2011, but wasn’t able to cover the costs until now.
ATU Local 113 president Bob Kinnear said if management goes ahead with their plan, the union will take the issue to court.
“There is a lot of discontent amongst our members, and they are extremely frustrated. I can only imagine to what level that frustration is going to escalate to once the members find out this,” Kinnear told the Toronto Star.
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