Teck says it’s disappointed with an arbitrator’s decision that ends all random drug and alcohol tests for employees at its Elk Valley mines.
The Vancouver based company is responding to last month’s ruling involving workers at the Fording River and Elkview operations.
A spokesperson for the mining giant told The Drive FM in an email they have stopped the tests but are reviewing potential next steps.
The statement says Teck despite the ruling, it expects employees to be fit for work and will not tolerate drug or alcohol impairment in the workplace.
It went on to read safety is a core value for the company and they are committed to ensuring a safe work environment for our people.
The United Steelworkers says the arbitration victory shows the employer went too far.
Teck began the tests in 2012 and the union took action to oppose the implementation.
The union is now looking at all the individual grievances filed by workers that were sitting in limbo as they awaited the decision, and will determine if any cases are worth pursuing damages from the employer.