Company Could Fire Electrician for Intentionally Smashing Motor

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A company fired an electrician for taking a motor and smashing it to the grounds three times. He challenged his termination. But the arbitrator ruled that it was justified. Although the electrician didn’t have a disciplinary record, the evidence indicated that he was difficult to work with and manage. He complained a lot and questioned everything, including changes to his shift. He would go missing for an hour or more. And co-workers didn’t want to work with him. So while the arbitrator felt some sympathy for the worker, it concluded he was largely “the author of his own misfortune” [Ya Ya Foods Corp. v. National Automobile, Aerospace, Transportation and General Workers’ Union of Canada, Local 462 (Kagan Grievance), [2011] O.L.A.A. No. 331, July 18, 2011].