Providing Drug Testing For Labor Unions Nationwide

Pre-Employment & Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing Program Administration For Unions

About Preferred Alliance

When it comes to employer authorized drug testing, Unionized employees are given some negotiating power as to how the testing is conducted, though a Union cannot stop an employer from testing. Still, as surprising as it might seem, many Unions actually agree with drug testing policies and actively work with their employers to help create a drug testing policy that works for everyone.

This is because a Unions job is to protect the best interests of their members as a majority. While there are often a few employees who may feel targeted or threatened by a drug testing policy, in general, having these type of policies in place is beneficial to the employee. This is because having a drug testing policy in place can lead to a safer, more productive workplace which is beneficial for everyone involved.

Implementing A Drug Testing Program

There are many reasons why an employer would want a drug testing program, but Unions work for the employee. Why would an employee want to open themselves up to drug testing?

First of all, a Union cannot stop an employer from implementing a drug testing policy, they only get input on the contents of the policy. Also, employees who do not come to work under the influence having nothing to worry about from a drug testing policy and instead can benefit from the environment created by having one in place.

Many employers require pre-employment drug testing which can be shown to attract a higher quality of employee. This creates a better work environment for everyone. Random drug testing also works as a deterrent, preventing employees from coming to work under the influence and creating a potentially unsafe environment.

Work environments with drug testing policies in place are often safer and more productive, which is beneficial to everyone working there.

About Preferred Alliance

Drug Testing For Unions

Unions do not necessarily draft drug testing policies or programs themselves but do give input into their employer’s policies. This input includes limits on types of testing and what drugs are tested for as well as how often random testing can be conducted. The employer and the Union have to come to agreements on what a fair and reasonable drug policy means and in accordance with Federal Regulations where applicable.

In cases of Unionized employers, it is often beneficial to have a neutral third party involved in the process of drafting the drug testing policy and implementing the testing program. This allows both the Union and the employer to have their say with an experienced neutral party to guide them through the specifics and make recommendations without personal bias. At Preferred Alliance we have experience working with Unionized environments and can help both sides come to an agreement and implement a drug testing program that benefits both the employer and the employees.

What We Offer

Employee drug testing is not a one-size fits all. There are a variety of drugs that can be tested for and the frequency of the random tests can vary depending on the employer’s needs. These are all things the employer and the Union need to come to an agreement on.

Some of the options offered by Preferred Alliance include:

  • On-Site Drug Testing

  • After Hours Testing

  • Pre-Employment Testing

  • Random Drug Testing

  • Reasonable Suspicion Testing

  • Post-Incident Testing

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Who We Have Helped

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  • Operating Engineers


“Merced County Schools Insurance Group has contracted with Preferred Alliance since DOT-compliance for our Member District’s commercially licensed drivers. The program has been seamless, and without exception, perfectly compliant and trouble-free.”

Terri Prichard, Merced County Schools Insurance Group

“DOT regulations are very complex with plenty of gray areas – one mistake can close us down. Preferred Alliance’s timely response and accurate information on how to manage the testing process has helped us achieve ‘letter-perfect’ compliance. We have had a great relationship for almost 10 years – there’s no reason to consider anyone else.”

Leroy Ehlers, Panella Trucking, LLC

“I have had the pleasure of working with Preferred Alliance for our seasonal drug testing needs since 1998. In our industry, we place high demands on our testing providers for flexible scheduling, quick turnaround, and competitive pricing. Preferred Alliance has consistently exceeded our expectations.”

Mike Kilpatrick, Del Monte Foods

Choose Preferred Alliance. Your Trusted Nothern CA Drug Testing Administrator.

At Preferred Alliance we have more than 40 years of experience implementing and over-seeing drug testing programs in a variety of industries. Because of this, we also have decades of experience working with Unionized employees in a variety of industries. We know that the negotiation process between the union and the employer can be tricky at times, but we can put our experience and knowledge to work on your behalf to try and simplify the process.

Because Unions can cover so many different industries, there isn’t necessarily one set of guidelines to follow when it comes to implementing a drug testing policy. That is why it is beneficial to consult the experts, like our team at Preferred Alliance. We can direct you to the resources you need for your specific industry and help you create a drug testing policy that fits the needs of both the employees and the employer.

In addition to our knowledge and experience, if you choose Preferred Alliance, you are also getting access to our state-of-the-art technology. We make it a point to stay up-to-date with our technology advances and improvements so that we can offer our clients the best service possible. Our cutting-edge technology allows our clients to access their results faster and more efficiently.

About Preferred Alliance

We Are Here To Assist You in Maintaining a Drug-Free Workplace!

We have satisfied thousands of clients during the last 40+ years. With our meticulous, fast, and effective drug testing protocols, we promise to meet the needs of your business. For information on implementing or improving a drug testing program in an Unionized environment, please contact Preferred Alliance.

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