Re Highliner Foods Inc and CAW, Local 1944

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Arbitration Decision

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Discharge, Just Cause, Testimony, Slapped, Resigned, Maternity Leave


This grievance involves the discharge of an Employee. The Union alleges that the discharge breached Article 6.07 of the Collective Agreement: "Any discipline or discharge shall be for just cause." Undisputed testimony describes the Grievor taking offence at a meeting and storming out. In passing through the plant, the Grievor slapped a member of management, her estranged husband. This arbitration seeks to determine if the Grievor effectively resigned by her actions, and if not, if she was dismissed with just cause. The Arbitrator notes that the Grievor had just returned to work from maternity leave after giving birth to her first child in emotionally difficult circumstances, and has been a good worker with a clear record.


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