Termination excessive for unauthorized break

The grievor was caught watching a movie at work and was fired. The arbitrator found that the company's characterization of the event was excessive and substituted a lesser penalty.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/10/2012

A worker on the night shift was fired after he was caught watching a movie on a portable DVD player. The employer alleged time theft. The union grieved.

U.R. was a maintenance mechanic at a large industrial bakery. He had about two years’ service when he was fired on Aug. 23, 2011. There was no discipline on his record at the time.

U.R. was working with two other maintenance mechanics on the overnight shift that ended at 6 a.m. on Aug. 15, 2011.