Reinstatement proper for long-service worker

The grievor was terminated for carving on cuts of meat. They did not leave the plant, but some of the carvings would have damaged the company's reputation. The arbitrator reinstated the grievor because of his remorse and the small chance of re-offending.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/27/2012

A worker at a meat processing plant was fired for carving signs and messages into finished cuts of meat. The union grieved.

J.D. [John Doe] worked on the line at a meat processing facility. He had about 11 years’ service at the plant, which produced cuts of fresh meat both for retail distributors and for wholesalers.

In March 2011, two cuts of meat from the plant bearing inappropriate carvings turned up at another facility. One had a swastika carved in it; the other was marked with the phrase “no way.” Later, two more carved pieces of meat surfaced. One had a happy face carved into it, while the other was marked with “I [image-of-a-heart-with-an-arrow-through-it] U.”