Termination warranted for insubordination

The grievor was directed to perform his work in a certain way by a supervisor. It was discovered that he had done it in a different way. The arbitrator found that his refusal was insubordination and his termination was upheld.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/15/2012

A welder was fired after he ignored specific instructions on how to redo a deficient weld.

E.R. was a certified and experienced journeyman welder. He began working for a large heavy equipment supplier in 2008.

There were a number of incidents of discipline on E.R.’s record. He received two verbal warnings and a letter of expectation regarding safety lapses. There was a written warning for failure to follow proper absence reporting procedures. There were also two three-day suspensions: one was for reading a newspaper in the lunchroom during working hours, the other was for a failure to follow proper lock-out procedures.