Shop steward says he should have been fired last

Crane operator believes he should have stayed on after layoffs
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/13/2014

As shop steward, Tim Lalonde believed he should have been the last crane operator to go at Kamtech Services. The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 870 filed grievances on Lalonde’s behalf when the employer instead retained crane operator Marc Vermette for two weeks of work.

Lalonde testified site superintendant Blair Smotra informed him on Aug. 30, 2012, that the crane operators at the employer’s worksite in Saskatoon would be laid off that day (with the exception of the site’s operations foreman, Jesse Pickor). When Lalonde asked Pickor to confirm this information, he was told everyone was being laid off with the exception of an overhead crane operator hired on a temporary basis.

With this information in mind, Lalonde asked Pickor for permission to leave early. Lalonde was involved in real estate and received a call from a prospective tenant who wanted to see a house for rent. Lalonde testified Pickor gave him permission to leave early. In cross-examination, Lalonde acknowledged he did not appoint another employer to act as shop steward in his absence when he left work early.