One-year suspensions for parking lot pot smokers

Two employees caught smoking marijuana were reinstated under Last Chance agreements. They had clean records and, the arbitrator felt, good chances for rehabilitation.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/09/2012

Three workers at an auto parts manufacturer were observed and photographed doing marijuana “bottle tokes” in a parked car in the company parking lot. The workers were terminated. The union grieved.

In December 2010, a worker at an auto parts manufacturer expressed concerns to management about drug use on company property. Three workers were named. The company hired a private investigator to conduct surveillance.

Plant rules in effect provided that workers “may” be subject to termination for illegal possession or consumption of an intoxicant on Company property.