Pittsburgh‘s firefighters say “yes” to random drug testing for the first time in city history, as part of a policy where firefighters may be fired for a second drug offense.
According to the Associated Press, the testing agreement was announced recently as part of a new five-year contract backed by the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1.
Under the new policy, firefighters who do not pass a drug test are to be placed on a “last chance agreement” whereby they can be fired for a second failed drug test. (workersxzcompxzkit)
The decision on whether to fire firefighters over a drug test will also be handled by neutral arbiters as opposed to a trial board consisting of three other firefighters. The trial boards will still be in place to review potential firings for other offenses.
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