Discipline, not dismissal, for long-service worker

The grievor had been talked into faking an invoice to help a colleague out of a jam. The arbitrator found the offence deserved discipline, but a one-day suspension and not termination. Further, a strong response was not necessary for deterrence and the employment relationship had not been broken.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/22/2012

An auto mechanic was fired for time theft after he agreed to participate in some administrative sleight of hand to correct a faulty work order.

R.B. worked as a service technician at an auto dealership. There was no discipline on his record when he was fired on March 1, 2011 after 17 years’ service.

On Feb. 16, 2011, R.B. was given a work order to perform some recall work on a vehicle under warranty. However, it was explained to R.B. he was just being asked to “run time” on the work order.