Toronto transit workers face drug tests

City council approves tests if reasonable suspicion of impairment exists
||Last Updated: 07/31/2009

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has adopted a fitness-for-duty policy that allows for drug tests of employees suspected of being impaired on the job.

The nine city councillors who oversee the TTC, however, rejected the use of random drug tests after hearing from unions and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

But union members will refuse to submit to drug testing unless the specifics of the policy are approved by the bargaining unit, said Bob Kinnear, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113.