Employee Cannot Hide from Notice of Suspension

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2011

Following an incident where it was alleged that she counselled coworkers to refuse compulsory overtime and then bullied a coworker who broke ranks, a postal worker received two suspensions.

The first verbal suspension was handed out on the spot following the incident for defying a supervisor’s direct order. The second suspension was assessed later, following an investigation into the bullying incident.

The union grieved, raising preliminary objections to both suspensions, arguing that the imposed discipline should be declared void because the employer had violated the collective agreement by failing to provide written notice within the 10-day period specified by the contract.