Bombardier Worker Fired for Marijuana use Gets Reinstated
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THUNDER BAY -- An arbitrator has ordered the reinstatement of a Bombardier Transportation worker in Thunder Bay who was fired last year for allegedly smoking marijuana in the workplace, in contravention of the company's drugs and alcohol policy.
Toronto-based arbitrator Paul Craven ruled that the company did not have just cause to dismiss the man, and must give him his job back with no loss of seniority, as well as compensate him for lost income.
Unifor Local 1075 filed a grievance on his behalf after he and a co-worker were terminated in October 2017. The co-worker's dismissal is currently in arbitration.
According to evidence presented at a hearing, a supervisor had spotted the grievor and the other employee taking their afternoon break in an area outside the plant which the company knew to be "a preferred site for illicit drug use."
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