IUPAT DC 6 and our signatory contractors require our members to be drug-free.
As the nation continues to deal with the ongoing opioid epidemic, it has become clear a safe jobsite is free of individuals who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
As per our Collective Bargaining Agreement, members are subject to random drug tests.
This helps ensure we provide our contractors with a workforce of skilled journeymen and apprentices who are substance-tested, which in turn can help reduce costs and increase their bottom line by limiting unnecessary work stoppages due to accidents or injury.
Besides random tests, our members are also subject to testing for post accident, for-cause and reasonable suspicion, and return-to-work.
Studies have shown a drug-free workforce also results in less workplace violence and a major reduction in thefts, as substance users are responsible for up to 80 percent of all theft on the jobsite, including tools and materials.
A drug-free workplace is an efficient workplace. Not surprisingly, substance users are less productive and have higher absenteeism and tardiness rates than non-users.
Simply put, a drug-free workplace produces higher production and, therefore, a better bottom-line and higher quality product for contractors and project owners.
Please visit our IUPAT DC 6 Helping Hands page for more information on how this program can provide help for members and their families who are struggling with addiction.