Disney Union and drug testing?

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 6:46 PM
I am not promoting drug testing in any way, but in class today we had a discussion about drug testing your employees, and I thought about how I have been hired and working at disney, all the while without a drug test. Then I asked everyone who worked there in class, and they hadn't had one either. Does disney do drug tests? do they do randoms? I wonder this because at Sea World they do urine and hair tests, and randoms as well. Is this because the unions?

thanks in advance. and again, I am not promoting drug use, just wondering about their union practices.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 7:56 PM
Somewhat surprising if they don't. Even to work at Target you have to get a drug test.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006 8:25 PM
I believe it's more of an insurance rather then a union thing. I've taken drug tests for union and non union jobs. While I was working construction some places like power plants, schools, and drug manufactures all required on site drug tests even if you had one the day before.

When an accident happens the first thing is almost always a drug test.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 8:26 PM
I work for a branch of the Federal Government and have not been drug tested there (~7 years running).
Wednesday, January 25, 2006 8:29 PM
Does anyone else work for Disney that has more insite or information on their policies? just for class and now I am really intrigued by this. coasterpunk, nice Mitch Hedberg sig. *** Edited 1/26/2006 1:30:04 AM UTC by Turbo***
Thursday, January 26, 2006 12:59 PM
I work for locak government and we are drug tested on a random basis and any time you are up for a promotion of change of assignment.
I dont know about disney but i would guess that alot if not all do get tested.
Thursday, January 26, 2006 1:07 PM
You have various unions represented at Disney so varying policies. Back in the 90's I was not drug tested to start employment there.

I do believe that anytime someone is involved in an on-the-job accident they get drug tested which is a fairly common practice.

Thursday, January 26, 2006 3:11 PM
Silly as it may seem, Sea World might be unusually strict because the park houses animals. Then again, so does Animal Kingdom... so cancel out that idea.

Yeah, it is kinda weird that Disney doesn't push for drug tests, especially when your average big box store does, union or not.

Thursday, January 26, 2006 4:36 PM
I've never heard of a company on this side of the pond requiring a drug test. I guess that's an American thing?
Thursday, January 26, 2006 4:40 PM
Yes, us yanks have been eaten ALIVE by our insurance industry....they own all the best politicians (and by "best", I mean the most effective ones)... ;)

edit: The ubiquitous drug testing is typically enacted to save companies money on their health and liability insurance...the insurers are the engine driving the train..:-/
*** Edited 1/26/2006 9:41:54 PM UTC by rollergator***

Thursday, January 26, 2006 10:01 PM
I used to be Minnie Mouse back in the day - '96-'98 - I never was Drug tested - No one was....Put it this way....If Disney did a drug tests their staff would be depleated by at least half! No joke I was working one evening with a friend - we were spares (A character shift as an extra if folks no showed or got sick) and we both were called to Chef Mickeys dinner halfway though the evening because the Mickey and Pluto who were on shift got caught by the hotel Manager smoking pot outside in the stairwell... I had NEVER seen and known so many people who smoked pot in my life! It was almost a requirement working there.
Thursday, January 26, 2006 11:37 PM
Wow, what happened? Did Goofy punch somebody out again? :)
Friday, January 27, 2006 1:01 AM
Not only do you need to take a drug test to work at Target, but they also make you take a drug test if you have an injury incident.

Cedar Point makes you take a Drug Test at their first aid before being hired.

I can't recal Universal doing a drug test, but boy do they do a wicked background check...fingerprints and all. I think in a few years they may be RFID-chipping new employees (lol).

I never have a problem with drug tests for people who are working rides. Peoples lives depend on decent ride ops who are alert and focused. I've passed every drug test ever given to me because I have never even wanted to try any drugs...I think that makes me somewhat crazy (lol).

Even though it was a pain in the butt, Universals background check is a good thing because it helps to weed out child preditors.

Friday, January 27, 2006 5:57 PM
I imangine if some larger parks didn't do drug tests alot of the employees would look more like your average smelly, 3 toothed, 5 o clock shadowed carnie! :)
Saturday, January 28, 2006 1:04 PM

Rob Ascough said:
Sea World might be unusually strict because the park houses animals.

This has to do with AB and not due to the fact that they house animals. They require drug testing, including hair tests, to work at their breweries in any capacity. Seems like a company wide policy that extends to their amusement parks as well.

I've heard from various people that AB spends more money then any other in the country lobbying against the legalization or de-criminilization of marijuana. If true, another reason why I'm not surprised they do drug screens. They don't mind the drunks, but screw those damned potheads! ;)

Saturday, January 28, 2006 1:28 PM
If pot was legal, wouldn't that cut into Busch's business? Many bars would go under overnight. I'm sure that pot would replace alcohol as a drug of choice for the majority of people.

But I really don't know what I'm talking about...

Sunday, January 29, 2006 11:22 AM
^I figure they would just sell it in bars, Dexter, and place them next to the beer aisles in grocery stores. :-)

I imangine if some larger parks didn't do drug tests alot of the employees would look more like your average smelly, 3 toothed, 5 o clock shadowed carnie!

Dan, that's hilarious! You should visit Charleston's Wal-Mart on a Saturday afternoon. ;-)

I am not sure how I feel about drug testing. It depends. Then again the thought of Mickey or Minnie walking around on crystal meth or crack is just disturbing! ;-)


Monday, January 30, 2006 3:58 PM
^but if Mickey and Minnie were on Crack or
Acid, they could sing 'You can Fly..." and mean it. :)
Monday, January 30, 2006 4:50 PM
I would agree with a previous statement about the Drug Tests being if anything, an insurance related requirement. I mean, we have all worked at some local job or the other, and they really do not want total crack heads working at their place of employment, or else youre hiring an unreliable employee and knowing it.

Also, most of the drug tests given by Target, SF, etc, etc, etc, are the lamest drug tests ever. Any Saliva test you get is completely bogus, and you prob could have done any drug earlier that day, drank some water and brushed your teeth and voila! You dont abuse any substances. The urine tests are the same thing. If you drink a lot of water before one, passing is guaranteed.

If any of these smaller companies really cared about drugs theyd get a sample of blood or hair, and that is what the larger corporations do to the more respectable positions.

As far as Disney, if for some reason youre worried (wont ask), just drink a bunch of water and show up for the interview (possible drug test) and youll def pass, and they prob wont bother you again.

Hope that helped.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 3:26 AM
Krypton, I find your post disturbing, especially near the end? Weeding out drug abusers is a good idea for ride op positions, imho. I'm sure there's a ton of websites devoted to helping people pass a drug test. I don't think Coasterbuzz, an amusement park fansite, is the place for such info, because it could contribute to unsafe opperations of amusement rides. We should desire safe rides, because it is benifitial to the industry.

I'm not in any way saying that drug abusers are bad. I'm saying that they shouldn't be pushing the buttons. Someone abusing drugs is not my business until it affects my or my loved one's safety.

Turbo wasn't questioning how one could pass such a test. He was asking why such tests are not given at the most visited amusement resort in the world.

I'm not flaming here. I just wanted to state my pasionate opinion on your post. I hope this post doesn't insinuate disrespect on my part.


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