Teck Coal will be allowed to continue to implement its random alcohol and drug testing policy while the union pursues its grievance to overturn the policy. Arbitrator Colin Taylor had previously denied the union an interim order to stop implementation of the policy (see our previous post here) and the BC Labour Relations Board has dismissed the union’s appeal of that decision. The decision is Teck Coal Limited, BCLRB No. B28/2014.
This means Teck will be allowed to follow its policy for now and the matter will go to arbitration for a decision as to whether the policy can stand in the long term. We will continue to watch this case, which promises to be significant for the continuing random testing controversy.