Deficient performance not insubordination

The grievor approved work done by a contractor that had been completed improperly. The city claimed that the grievor's failure to apply a new set of rules was a challange to authority. The arbitrator ruled that the situation could not be characterized as insubordination.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/12/2012

A public works inspector was disciplined after his failure to follow up on a superior’s verbal instructions resulted in work being carried out improperly. The employer alleged insubordination. The union grieved.

M.G. began working as a Construction Inspector in the public works department of a municipality in 2004. He had a clear disciplinary record.

The duties of the Construction Inspector included inspecting and evaluating existing municipal infrastructure and work conducted by and for the municipality. Under the direction of the Manager of Contracts, the Inspector was also expected to ensure that work done by contractors for the municipality was carried out according to required specifications.