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A discussion of the impact of substance abuse in the workplace, and related arbitration decisions. Different approaches taken by the parties and by arbitrators are discussed, as is whether drug should be treated differently from alcohol. The legal status of different drugs in various jurisdictions and in different industrial settings, and the issues arising from …

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A discussion of the experience of the Airline Pilots Association and U.S. carriers in addressing the problems of alcohol and substance abuse, and issues in arbitrating related cases. The impact of the regulatory framework and Federal Aviation regulations is highlighted. A focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment is advocated.

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A discussion of substance abuse issues from the perspective of an employer. The use of job performance approaches are advocated, with a limited joint labor-management approach. A more active role by arbitrators in establishing principles and precedents, and the role of arbitrators as teachers, is suggested.

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