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Canada : OPSEU seeks injuction on social assistance software
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Canada : Sex workers protest for safe conditions
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Canada : Whithorse workers file complaint
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(Headlines by LabourStart)



UNIFOR Decision on Random Drug and Alcohol Testing at Suncor
On March 26, 2014, the Arbitration Board hearing a UNIFOR 707 grievance against the Suncor Random Testing Policy released its decision applying the SCC‘s proportionality approach from the Irving case (referred to below). The majority of the Board found the Employer did not prove a significant problem existed in the bargaining unit that would warrant the imposition of random testing. The decision follows an injunction granted in 2012 by the Court of Queen’s Bench and upheld by the Court of Appeal halting the company from imposing the testing policy. See the decision here.

Supreme Court Decision on Random Alcohol Testing
On June 14, 2013, the Supreme Court released its decision in CEP Local 30 v. Irving Pulp and Paper, in which it upheld an arbitrator’s finding that a random alcohol testing policy was unreasonable. Our clients CEP 707 and the Alberta Federation of Labour were interveners in the matter. See the decision here.

Congratulations to Ritu Khullar, Q.C.
Ritu was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in February 2014 in recognition of her skills as counsel. Congratulations Ritu!

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