Suspension warranted for insubordination

The grievor was unsatisfied with the efforts of a co-worker and wrote her several testy emails. When HR tried to investigate, the grievor was unco-operative. The suspension was reduced because the harassment charge could not be proven.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/04/2012

A worker was suspended after she took umbrage at a written warning issued to her after she sent a number of testy emails to a colleague. The union grieved both the warning and the suspension.

C.T. was an Operations Support Co-ordinator at a high tech electronics surveillance and communications contractor. She had 12 years’ seniority and no prior discipline.

On the morning of July 28, 2011, C.T. emailed her colleague H.D. to inquire about the status of a critical courier shipment. The tone of the email was querulous and aggressive.