Unions Have No Say In FDNY Drug Testing Policy, Court Rules

Law360, New York (November 26, 2013, 4:39 PM EST) -- New York City's fire department can implement a "zero tolerance" drug testing policy for its paramedics without negotiating with unions, a New York state appeals court ruled Tuesday, giving it the same leeway the police department has.

City unions had argued that the policy, which allows the FDNY to immediately fire paramedics and emergency medical services workers if they fail a drug test or refuse to take one, should've been bargained for with the workers' union instead of being unilaterally imposed by the department.

But the...
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