Company did not follow complaints process

The grievor had a coflict with a co-worker and she complained. The company chose to deal with the conflict as regular progressive discipline. The arbitrator found that under the facts of the complaint, it should have been treated as harassment. The termination was reversed.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/14/2012

A mill worker was fired for insubordination and rule infractions after a coworker complained about his aggressive and bullying behaviour.

The union grieved, arguing the employer failed to follow the proper harassment complaint procedures laid out in the collective agreement.

Hired in 1997, J.N. worked as a “Sonic Operator” at a pipe mill. He had two suspensions for insubordination on his record when he was fired in October 2010.