TWU withdraws motion

SEPTA transit workers appear to have conceded defeat in a legal challenge to the authority’s new policy on drug testing.

Transport Workers Union Local 234 had sued SEPTA to stop it from subjecting so-called vehicle readiness coordinators to random drug tests.

The union said that the tests violated the workers’ constitutional rights, while the authority said it was permitted to test them under federal regulations.

Vehicle readiness coordinators drive SEPTA vehicles in depots and schedule maintenance work. Many are front-line operators who are assigned the job when they are placed on medical disability.

U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg ruled summarily against the union in December, but the TWU had filed a motion for reconsideration shortly afterward.

The TWU withdrew that motion Jan. 27, allowing the ruling to stand and apparently ending the lawsuit.

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