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Unions challenge DOT's "strip search" regulation

http://www.ble.org/pr/news/newsflash.asp?id=4678

CLEVELAND, August 14 - The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and
Trainmen, along with seven other rail unions and the BNSF Railway, has
filed a lawsuit challenging a new Department of Transportation (DOT)
regulation that would subject employees to a "strip search" during
mandatory drug tests.

The DOT regulation, which would become effective August 25, requires
railroads to directly observe urine collection in all federally-mandated
drug tests involving either a return-to-duty after a positive or invalid
test, or a follow-up test conducted after a positive or invalid test.
Prior to directly observing the specimen donation, the collector also
would be required to subject the worker to a "strip search," because the
new regulation states as follows:

"As the observer, you must request the employee to raise his or her shirt,
blouse, or dress/skirt, as appropriate, above the waist; and lower
clothing and underpants to show you, by turning around, that they do not
have a prosthetic device. After you have determined that the employee does
not have such a device, you may permit the employee to return clothing to
its proper position for observed urination."

The DOT's "strip search" regulation is being challenged, in part, on the
basis that the mandatory strip searches and observations violate the
prohibition against unreasonable searches contained in the Fourth
Amendment to the United States Constitution. In addition, review is being
sought to determine whether DOT complied with the rule making process of
the Administrative Procedures Act.

BLET National President Ed Rodzwicz blasted the new regulation.

"Forcing a railroad worker to submit to an embarrassing and humiliating
strip search and observed collection without reasonable suspicion is an
outrage," he said.

Other unions participating in the lawsuit include: the Brotherhood of
Maintenance of Way Employes Division; American Train Dispatchers
Association; Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen; Transportation
Communications International Union; International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers; National Conference of Firemen and Oilers; and United
Transportation Union.

In a statement, the BNSF Railway Executive Vice President Carl Ice said:
"There is absolutely no tolerance for alcohol or drug use in our
workplace. But we also believe that our employees are entitled to be
treated with dignity and respect at the workplace, and this new regulation
is an intrusion on employees."

President Rodzwicz said that if this regulation had been in effect since
FRA began keeping these statistics, almost 21,000 unnecessary strip
searches and direct observations would have been required, "needlessly
humiliating over 99.97 percent of all those required to submit to
return-to-duty or follow-up testing."

President Rodzwicz also said there is no reason to justify the DOT's
overly harsh and humiliating regulation.

"There is no documentation whatsoever of adulteration or substitution of a
return-to-duty test in the railroad industry, and not one of the nearly
11,000 return-to-duty and follow-up tests conducted in 2006 and 2007 were
invalidated because of adulteration or substitution," President Rodzwicz
said.

The joint petition for review was filed on August 13 in the United States
Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The Court of
Appeals is expected to issue a schedule for conducting its review shortly.

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I 100% agree with you on this Buckethead... Fuck this shit times 1000!

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