Worker found asleep on the job reinstated

Union representative not present during questioning
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/09/2015

Steve Pegoretti lost his manufacturing job after he was found asleep on duty, but an arbitrator has ruled that excessive.

Pegoretti, who worked at Crosby Canada in Brampton, Ont., (a manufacturer of assembled steel products) filed a grievance through Unifor’s local 1285 chapter, arguing he was wrongfully terminated and in fact was not asleep at all.

Further complicating the matter is that the union was not there to represent Pegoretti during the termination, which was his right as per the collective agreement. As such, Unifor said the discharge is void.