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i worked for a union for about two weeks and failed a drug test. i only did it once before i started working but i just it was still in my system . i never smoked since then a year ago. their decision was for me to sit out for a year and then i can come they are asking me to write a letter. before i left i did get a recommendation for being a good working from my superintendent. not sure how to write this letter please help.

What they want is a letter to them stating that you are drug free, that you will not be using drugs in the future and that you wish to be considered for rehire with the company. Apologize to them for the failed drug test and let them know that it will not happen again.

You might say something like this:

Dear Sirs,

Last year I applied for a position with your company. Unfortunately I had made a bad error in judgement and tried a drug which caused me to fail the drug test. I have not used drugs since and I do not intend to ever use drugs again.  I have learned my lesson and I have paid the price for my judgement error. I truly wish to work for your company, I will give it 100% and I am asking to be reconsidered for a position.

Thank you.


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Shirley McAllister, CPP, PHR


I can answer questions pertaining to Compensation, Health Benefits, Retirement Plans, Payroll,Payroll taxes, Employee selection, Employee Termination, Training, and Employee Incentives. I have offices in U.S., Canada, UK, South Africa,Australia and NZ. I am most confident in the U.S. and Canadian but have knowledge of the internationals. I do not have extensive knowledge of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. I do have some Human Resource Knowledge in those areas. Please do not ask me homework questions, I do not have time to answer them.


I currently hold both the U.S. and Canadian Payroll Certifications. I currently hold the SHRM PHR certification. I have worked in the Human Resources area with high emphasis on compensation and benefits for 25 years at the same company. My company is an international company and I work with our International offices whenever there is a Human Resource area needing addressed. I volunteer on the American Payroll Association hotline and have for the last 10 years or so. I answer many questions each week for other payroll and HR professionals, mostly on taxes, benefits and compensation issues. I have been the trustee for our 401K plan for Retirement benefits and our 125 Cafeteria Plan for Health Insurance benefits.

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