Circumstances warrant reduced suspension

The company vehicle the grievor was driving had a fogged windshield when it struck another vehicle. The arbitator reduced the penalty from termination to suspension because the grievor was contrite, had a clean record, and had not been subject to progressive discipline.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/09/2012

A worker was given a long suspension for culpable misconduct after his failure to properly defrost the windshield in a vehicle he was driving caused a crash.

M.M. worked as a lead hand at a residential home construction company. He had six years’ service and a clean disciplinary record when he was fired.

M.M. was driving a company van at the plant before 7 a.m. on Jan. 3, 2011. It was still dark, there was snow on the ground and the temperature was about minus seven degrees.