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5 East St. Louis Workers To Lose Their Jobs After Surprise Drug Test

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) – The test results are in. Five East St. Louis City employees will be losing their jobs after a surprise random drug test two weeks ago.

East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks says 132 tests were given and 127 passed.

“I was thinking it would be slightly higher which is a good thing that it was not higher,” said Parks. “When you say 96 percent of your employee base is drug free, that’s higher than society as a whole and I’m sure on par with other work places.”

Parks told KMOX a week ago that the indictment of longtime East St. Louis detective, Orlando Ward, charged with being part of a drug trafficking ring, lit a fire underneath him.

He says due to the union contract, fire fighters can not be tested without proper notice although he says administrators in the fire department were given the random drug test.

KMOX News also called several other cities to find out if they conduct random drug tests. Many comply with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act covering those with federal contracts. Arnold, Edwardsville, and St. Charles officials all say anyone using city vehicles and carrying a commercial drivers license are subject to random drug testing as is any employee suspected of using drugs.

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