Worker reinstated after time theft termination

The grievor had been caught a second time leaving work early. His excuse was that he had forgotten to inform his supervisor. However, the promise he had signed after the first incident was not a “last-chance” agreement and the arbitrator found termination was too harsh a penalty.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/03/2012

A worker with 20 years’ seniority was fired following a second incident of time theft. The union grieved.

D.M. was employed as a millwright at a large manufacturing plant producing rolls of construction nylon wrap.

When he was fired in October 2010, there was one incident on his employment record. On April 7, D.M. left the plant for a couple of hours without notifying his supervisor or “scanning out” as required by plant policy.