Drug and alcohol policies no cure without union input

By Lorna Harris
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

All collective agreements contain a so-called “recognition clause” in which management’s right to set policies, make and alter rules and regulations and generally manage the workplace is clearly acknowledged.

The employer’s actions must, however, be reasonable, consistent with the collective agreement, and abide by general laws such as the Human Rights Code.

In a recent case before an Ontario arbitration board, the union argued management had overstepped its bounds. In several important respects, the arbitrator agreed.