Employee fired for theft seeks interim relief

Union claims worker denied representation at time of dismissal
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/23/2015

Scott Meilleur was a lead hand with six years of service at the Ontario-based Canadian Nuclear Laboratories when he was dismissed.

Meilleur, along with several other employees, was fired for theft after an investigation revealed scrap material was being removed from the premises. The employer serves, in part, as a depository for nuclear waste. Because the stolen material was not scanned for radioactive contamination before its removal from the employer’s property, it posed a serious risk to public safety. Due to the seriousness of the theft, Meilleur was banned from attending the workplace in addition to his dismissal.

Meilleur’s union, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 772, grieved the termination.