Error in judgment warrants suspension

The grievor, a bus driver, had consumed alcohol within eight hours of going on duty. While the actual time he was to drive was in doubt, he remained responsible for his vehicle, the arbitrator concluded. His long service supported reducing his termination to a suspension.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/04/2012

An intercity coach driver was fired for violating the company’s Alcohol and Drug Policy when he was discovered drinking a beer before signing on for duty.

J.G. operated a coach for a bus line. He worked out of the city of Barrie as a spare, picking up assignments and filling in on routes as assigned. He was also a union vice-president. J.G. was well regarded and had about 25 years of service when he was fired on June 21, 2011.

On June 2, 2011, J.G. picked up an early morning run into Toronto where he had union business scheduled for the day. He dropped off his passengers at the terminal and then drove his coach to the parcel terminal where he had permission to park.