Rehab potential counts towards reinstatement

The grievor was drunk when he was called in to work on a day off. He ran a company vehicle into a concrete barricade. His belated admission that he was an alcoholic and his efforts to sober up prompted the arbitrator to reinstate him with conditions.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/14/2011

A worker at a paper mill was fired after it was discovered that he was drunk when he crashed a company vehicle at the plant during an overnight shift.

G.T. began working at the employer’s paper mill in 1981. He started as a labourer. G.T. worked his way through various positions at the mill from dump truck operator through various operator positions in the mill to bulldozer operator. He was working as a chip handler when he was fired in 2009.

May 14, 2009 was an “off day” for G.T. However, at 4:30 p.m. he took a call asking him if he wanted to fill in for another worker on the overnight shift. While G.T. could have refused the request, he did not. He came into work in an impaired state after consuming a considerable amount of alcohol.