Five Day Suspension Justified for Threatening to Kill Foreman Twice

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A worker was suspended for five days for threatening to kill his foreman—twice. The union challenged the suspension as excessive. The Labour Relations Board disagreed. The threat wasn’t a joke. The worker was “enraged” at the time he made it. And he never apologized or took responsibility for his actions. Thus, a five day suspension was warranted, conclude the Board [Universal Workers Union (Labourers’ International Union of North America, Local 183  v. Teston Pipelines Ltd., [2011] CanLII 78812 (ON LRB), Dec. 2, 2011].