Refusal to work overtime ends in mechanic’s dismissal

Refusal based on status of ongoing collective bargaining
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/16/2013

Sheldon Yanoshewski’s decision to turn down voluntary overtime hours led to his dismissal.

Yanoshewski — a journeyman automotive mechanic with Mosaic Potash’s surface mill and underground mine in Colonsay, Sask. — was a shop steward and 17-year employee at the when he was fired on Oct. 9, 2012.

Initially Yanoshewski was suspended without pay pending an investigation, but he was subsequently terminated for alleged insubordination to a supervisor and for declining to work overtime.