Worker not dishonest for hacking program

The grievor was responsible for entering production information into a record-keeping program. Finding a supervisor to override the system became a problem, so he found a way to do it himself. The arbitrator overturned his dismissal because he had no intention to be dishonest.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/09/2011

A worker at a highly automated box factory was fired when the employer became convinced that the worker was “massaging” computer production records in order to generate production bonuses for his crew. The union grieved.

Starting part-time at the plant while he was still in high school, S.R. began full-time in 1985. He had more than 24 years of service at the factory when in December 2009 he was fired by the only employer he had ever had.

S.R. was working as “knifeman” at the plant. The job of the knifeman, situated towards the end of the football field-long plant, is to co-ordinate the different automated elements of the process involved in making corrugated cardboard boxes.