Worker gets the boot when he can’t kick habit

Operator must stay clean for compensation
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/30/2013

An operator for Clean Harbors Canada, known only as the grievor, was fired after he failed to complete the rehabilitation program for which he had been granted a leave of absence.

The grievor was discharged for "excessive absenteeism" in December 2009. In January 2010, Teamsters Local Union 419 and Clean Harbors Canada — based in Mississauga, Ont. — came to an agreement that the grievor could return to work if he could meet certain conditions related to attendance.

The conditions remained in force for 18 months and expired on June 30, 2011. The period of time between his dismissal and reinstatement was treated as an unpaid suspension, which remained on his record for 18 months.