Gas station attendant fired for igniting firecracker

Employee ought to have known better, arbitrator says
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/08/2015

Andrew Allen, a pump attendant at a gas station in Saskatoon, was fired after setting off a cherry bomb a little too close to the propane tanks.

Allen was fired as the company, Saskatoon Co-operative (which runs the Greystone Gas Bar where the grievor worked), viewed his actions as very serious misconduct. The firecracker was characterized as a small explosive device that was extremely dangerous, with the potential to ignite the gas and propane and cause significant damage or harm.

However, the firecracker was the only thing that exploded, and following an investigation and termination, Allen filed a wrongful termination grievance alongside the local chapter of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union.