Teck responds to USW court win on drug testing

Teck disappointed in decision

Teck Coal Ltd. says they’re disappointed in the court ruling to end random drug testing in the Elk Valley.

Last week, a provincial court ruled in favour of the local United Steel Workers union, which states that random drug and alcohol testing is an infringement on human rights.

“At Teck, safety is a core value and we are committed to ensuring a safe work environment for our people,” said the emailed statement from the company, which operates three coal mining sites in the Elk Valley.

While Teck states they are reviewing their next steps, they have stopped all random drug and alcohol testing at their Elk Valley Mine sites.

“Despite the suspension of random testing we expect employees to be fit for work and will not tolerate drug or alcohol impairment in the workplace,” said Teck.

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