‘Gross error in judgment’ warrants firing

A bus driver was fired after colliding with another bus. His apparent recklessness and his refusal to accept responsibility left the arbitrator no basis to vary the penalty.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/06/2012

A municipal transit worker was fired after he executed an illegal U-turn and crashed into another bus. The union grieved.

P.B. had eight years’ service when he was fired in 2010. There were written warnings on his record — one for insubordination, the other for using a cell phone while driving.

P.B. was running late on the afternoon of May 26, 2010. To save time, he avoided a customary turnaround loop and instead made a spontaneous U-turn on the designated high-speed (90 Kph) transit corridor that is reserved for buses.