New policy rubs safety co-chair the wrong way

Union rep took exception to the fact he wasn't included in discussions of new drug and alcohol policy
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 09/05/2013

This instalment of You Make the Call features a union steward who acted out during an employee meeting.

Harbinder Hara was a journeyman welder at a mill operated by Tolko Industries, a manufacturer of forest products based in Vernon, B.C. Hara was active in union affairs, eventually becoming a steward. Over his 29 years with Tolko, Hara had two instances of discipline on his record — a 1989 verbal warning and a 2010 written warning.

Tolko developed a drug and alcohol policy and included the possibility in its collective agreement, which stated any such policy must be agreed to by the union. In April 2013, Tolko scheduled employee meetings to introduce the policy and answer employee questions.