Termination warranted for fighting

The grievor was not getting along with his colleagues. When they complained that he was overstaying breaks, he threatened several of them. The arbitrator upheld his termination, finding he was the aggressor in the fight and was intimidating his co-workers.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/05/2013

A worker at a meat packing plant was fired for fighting after he tussled with co-workers at the gut table.

A.T. began working on the kill floor at XL Foods in 2005. He progressed through various positions on the line. He was working at the gut table when he was fired following an incident that occurred on June 2, 2011. Discipline on A.T.’s record consisted of two written warnings: one for insubordination and another for tardiness.

A.T. worked regularly with a crew of about seven or eight other workers. Workers at the gut table use knives to remove the guts from beef carcasses that pass by suspended from a conveyor at a rate of about one per minute.