Alcoholic reinstated under strict conditions

The grievor had already had one last-chance agreement and had survived it. He was found drunk at work on several occasions and was finally fired. The arbitrator decided that his alcoholism required accommodation and that his efforts at rehabilitation were more serious than in the past. He was reinstated with zero tolerance for intoxication at work.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/18/2011

Discovered drunk on the job, a worker in a safety-sensitive job was fired.

The incident was the third time the worker had been discovered intoxicated at work and it occurred one month following the expiration of a “last chance” agreement that committed the worker to sobriety.

Z.K. worked as an electrician at a hog slaughtering plant that employed about 1,000 workers. The plant was a hazardous industrial environment. Z.K.’s job — working with high voltages, often at heights — was considered a safety-sensitive job. He had 29 years’ seniority when he was fired on Sept. 24, 2010.