Get story straight, arbitrator rules

Unexplained absences end in termination for steelworker
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 12/11/2013

Ever-evolving excuses have led an arbitrator to dismiss a grievance against Essar Steel.

United Steelworkers of America (USW) Local 2251 filed a grievance on behalf of David Mazzuca, claiming the former Essar Steel employee was improperly and unjustly discharged.

The former manufacturing line observer at the company’s steel plant in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., was fired on Oct. 19, 2012, after missing two shifts in a week-long period in September. The company claimed Mazzuca was “less than forthcoming regarding the circumstances” surrounding his absences.