Suspension stands for worker who walked away

Veteran employee entitled to lost holiday pay
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/23/2014

After unexpectedly walking off the job, a 16-year veteran lumber mill worker’s bid to have his suspension reversed was denied — but he was entitled to the holiday pay he lost.

Mike Whitney, a green chain piler employed at Tembec Enterprises in Ontario, was issued a five-day suspension after he left his co-workers in a lurch by going home early, and without explanation.

Further complicating the matter is that, because the suspension was issued on Dec. 19, that meant Whitney was technically suspended over the Christmas holidays.