Termination excessive for insubordination

The grievor had a personal issue with one member of management and the parties had reached an agreement regarding their interactions. When the grievor became a union official and their relationship again became hostile, the company tried to use an earlier event to support discipline. The arbitrator disagreed and reduced the termination to a suspension.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/31/2012

A worker was fired for allegedly failing to live up to the terms of a settlement agreement.

G.T. worked at a chemical manufacturing company. He had difficult working relationships with a number of his supervisors.

Following an unspecified incident in 2008 with supervisor R.D., he had made a request that R.D. refrain from making any contact with him except for work purposes. G.T. also had difficulties with his direct supervisor R.T.