Termination warranted for failure to report

The grievor had developed a cavalier attitude toward attendance. He was fired. The arbitrator found that, despite the grievor's long service, the employer's efforts to have him mend his ways had been both adequate and ineffective.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/09/2012

A worker was fired after repeated unauthorized absences from the workplace. The union grieved.

T.B. was employed as a Painter for a housing authority. T.B. began with the employer as a seasonal worker in 1988. After about 10 years he secured a full-time position as a painter and plasterer. T.B. was part of a crew that worked to refurbish vacant housing units.

There were no issues with the quality of T.B.’s work. However, his frequent absences from the worksite became an issue after T.B. returned from a special leave in 2007.