Theft Policy, Management Rights Authorize Employee Searches

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/05/2011

Following the report of a discovery of a stash of spiced mini sausages, management at a meat processing plant arranged for a surprise employee search.

The union grieved the search, calling it an abuse of management rights and a violation of the collective agreement.

While reports of past practices indicated that it was not uncommon for workers and managers to snack on meat treats while at work, the employer had begun to crack down on the practice. When the employer reissued plant rules in April 2009, it was made very clear that employees were not to steal from the employer.