Termination excessive for insubordination

The grievor was terminated for insubordination and leaving work early. The arbitrator found he had left at his regular quitting time. The insubordination related to refusing work normally assigned to junior employees. The arbitrator found there was no right to refuse this work and allowed disciple short of termination for insubordination.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/05/2012

A worker was fired after two incidents caused the employer to doubt his employability.

The union grieved.

K.S. was a Machine Operator at a container storage and port facility. He had less than four years’ service when he was fired in July 2010. There was no discipline on his record at the time of his termination.