Demotion, suspension for sleeping on the job

The grievor was terminated when he was found sleeping on the job. However, the arbitrator found that the company's policy defined the infraction as one that could be dealt with using progressive discipline. The grievor was reinstated with a long suspension.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/12/2012

A security guard at a uranium conversion plant was fired after he was caught sleeping on the job.

R.D. was a security guard at the plant where he had worked for 16 years. There was no discipline on his record.

R.D. was also a “Group Leader.” The Group Leader designation came with a pay premium and some extra responsibilities, including directing staff. R.D. had also undergone additional training in order to serve as part of the plant’s Emergency Response Team.