Termination justified for insubordinate worker

When he was unable to book vacation to attend an out-of-town wedding, the employee was told to either work the shifts or look for a co-worker to cover for him. He did neither. His claim that the supervisor’s instructions were merely a suggestion didn’t convince the arbitrator.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/30/2011

Ignoring a clear direction from his supervisor that he must either attend work or arrange for someone to cover his shift, a mill worker was fired after he took time off to attend a wedding.

Hired in 2004, M.K. worked as a Cooling Bed Inspector in the Hot Mill department at the company’s tube and pipe manufacturing plant.

Twelve-person shifts maintained 24-hour production on the Hot Mill line seven days per week. Unscheduled absences caused disruptions to production.