Firing justified for dishonesty, insubordination

The grievor was working under a "last chance agreement." He walked out of a meeting where a safety violation was being discussed. He was then terminated, using the meeting and the events leading up to it as a culminating incident.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/13/2012

Following a long suspension for workplace violence, a crane operator was fired for unsafe acts, insubordination and dishonesty soon after he was returned to work under the terms of a conditional reinstatement.

The union grieved, arguing there was insufficient cause and the employer was “out to get” the worker for raising health and safety concerns.

A.F. began working as a crane operator at a rail car manufacturing plant in 2002. He was terminated in 2010 after threatening a coworker. However, he was reinstated and A.F. returned to work on Dec. 2, 2011 after a 128-day suspension.