Termination excessive for drug policy violation

The grievor had purchased drugs on company property but not used them there. When confronted, he refused to sign a last chance agreement to save his job. He was fired. The arbitrator found termination to be an excessive penalty.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/05/2012

A warehouse worker was first suspended and then fired after he refused to sign a Last Chance Agreement following allegations that he had violated the employer’s workplace drug and alcohol policy.

The worker denied the allegations. The union grieved the termination.

P.H. worked at a warehouse/distribution centre operated by a national food retail chain. P.H. had six years’ service as a general warehouse worker when he was fired in February 2012.