Christmas decoration removal causes Edmonton clerk to berate coworker

Verbal abuse valid reason to impose discipline, despite record: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/10/2017

When an Edmonton hospital worker realized Christmas decorations were being moved to another floor, she made a nasty comment to the co-worker charged with organizing the effort.

Louise Cummings worked at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton as a unit clerk in the medical outpatient unit. On Dec. 7, 2015, she noticed Christmas decorations were scheduled to be moved to another floor. The unit was about to undergo an expansion and Tania Weiss, accommodation planner at Alberta Health Service, was overseeing the project.

Cummings approached Weiss and some movers and accused them of ruining Christmas by removing the decorations from the unit.