B.C. bus operator fired after secretly going to India

Dismissal upheld by arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/09/2015

Whistler Transit, a transportation company in British Columbia, dismissed bus operator Baljit Nagra for abandoning his position — and going to India, a decision upheld by an arbitrator.

Whistler Transit has a seasonal contract with the provincial government and provides transportation during peak ski and snowboard season. Employees are expected to follow a schedule based on a call-in and assignment rubric.

A problem arose when Nagra applied for vacation leave, but was informed by a supervisor he must be available for work beginning Dec. 7. Both parties agreed.