Brockton firefighters’ union agrees to drug testing






The firefighters’ union in Brockton has agreed to drug testing for members who exhibit signs of substance abuse.

The provision is part of a three-year contract between the city and Brockton Fire Local 144 that also includes annual pay raises – 3.75 percent over three years – as well as hazardous pay increases and more money for EMTs.

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The urine tests would not be random, but administered after two trained officers found “reasonable suspicion” of substance abuse, according to Brockton finance director John Condon.

The intent is to provide help, not to punish, he said.

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