Breaking drug, alcohol policy warrants firing

The grievor had been drinking when he was called in to work. However, he came anyway. Later, when his behavior attracted the attention of a supervisor, he was tested and found to be impaired. He was not addicted and his short service and blemished record did not prompt the Arbitrator to mitigate the penalty.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/13/2012

Breath-tested at work following a minor fracas with a crewmate, a maritime worker was fired after tests registered his blood alcohol content at about 0.037 per cent.

Q.D. began working in 2004 for a company that operated a maritime ferry service. The job offered year-round employment but less than full-time hours. He worked alternately as a Freight Handler/Stevedore and Traffic Director. The job was considered safety-sensitive.

There was a letter of discipline on his record for speaking inappropriately to a co-worker and questioning a supervisor when he was fired on Dec. 10, 2009.