Insubordination violates last chance agreement

The grievor left his post and asked an untrained colleague to cover for him. A significant amount of product was wasted when the equipment malfunctioned. The arbitrator found termination was justified.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/14/2012

A mill worker responsible for overseeing a critical operation was fired after leaving his station in violation of company policy.

R.M. was fired from his job at a pipe mill in July 2010 following documented incidents of poor work performance, attendance problems and insubordination. He was reinstated two months later under the terms of a Last Chance Agreement (LCA).

The LCA committed R.M. to make efforts to improve his performance and attitude and to follow all company rules, policies and procedures.