Saskatoon bus driver who smelled of alcohol dismissed

Agreement did not deprive probationary worker from grievance process
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/29/2015

Stewart Read, a probationary transit driver employed by the City of Saskatoon, was sent home and promptly fired after showing up for a shift smelling of alcohol — a decision upheld by an arbitrator.

Read reported late for a shift in the summer of 2009 and his supervisor observed his eyes were glassy and he smelled of alcohol.

Read was deemed unfit to drive a bus and was immediately sent home. The city then concluded he was an unsuitable employee and terminated him.