Timing of discipline does not violate contract

The grievor was given a suspension, but it was to be served at a later time. The union grieved, arguing that the discipline had to be imposed within three days. The arbitrator found that the imposition of the penalty was not the same thing as the serving of the suspension.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/21/2012

Notified that he had been assessed a two-day suspension, a worker grieved when he was informed that he would have to serve the suspension two weeks later.

B.W. was employed at a plant that produced corrugated cardboard boxes. On Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 he received a letter informing him that he was being suspended for two days “at the discretion of the company.”

B.W. worked the next two days and then began a one-week vacation. Upon his return, B.W. worked on Monday, Aug. 29. He was told then that he was to serve his suspension over the next two days.