Termination excessive for picket line behaviour

The grievor was fired for threatening workers crossing a picket line and making other, less specific, threats. The arbitrator reinstated him, allowing that the circumstances of the strike mitigated the penalty.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/08/2013

A striking worker was fired following an unscheduled, late-night appearance at a picket line where he got drunk, made threats and hurled abuse at workers who crossed the line.

M.C. was a hard rock miner. He had about 14 months’ service with his employer when he was fired on Sept. 29, 2009 for misconduct on a picket line.

The incident took place about six weeks into a strike, which ultimately lasted about one year.