Termination warranted for ‘intolerable conduct’

The grievor had a history of aggressive behaviour toward supervisors. When a supervisor came to find out how he was dealing with a production problem, he broke a lock to enter a restricted area and clear the jam. The arbitrator found a pattern of unacceptable interaction with superiors.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/14/2011

A plant operator with a significant record of discipline was fired for smashing a lock with a stick to gain access to a restricted area. The employer said the act was a culminating incident that called for termination.

Hired in 2004, G.S. was an Inlet Operator in the heat treatment area of a plant that produced high quality, seamless pipe used in the energy industry.

The plant housed many complex and potentially hazardous machines and operations.