Get your story straight, arbitrator rules

Unexplained absences ends in termination for steelworker
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/25/2013

Ever-evolving excuses led arbitrator William A. Marcotte to dismiss a grievance against Essar Steel.

United Steelworkers of America (USW) Local 2251 filed a grievance on behalf of David Mazzuca, claiming the former Essar Steel employee was improperly and unjustly discharged. The former manufacturing line observer at the company’s steel plant in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., was fired on Oct. 19, 2012, after missing two shifts in a week-long period in September. The company claimed Mazzuca was "less than forthcoming regarding the circumstances" surrounding his absences.

Mazzuca was absent during an evening shift on Sept. 15 and again during a morning shift on Sept. 20. These absences, and his inability to explain those absences, led the company to find him in breach of the provisions in his Conditional Rehire or Last Chance Agreement.