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How Osama bin Laden got a train ticket from Montreal to Ottawa; How Ottawa bungled a termination
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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/15/2006

How Osama bin Laden got a train ticket from Montreal to Ottawa

Montreal — A VIA Rail worker who bought a one-way train ticket from Montreal to Ottawa on the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks had his punishment cut in half by an arbitrator. Benoît Dulong bought the ticket at an automated kiosk, under the name of Osama bin Laden, and posted it on a company bulletin board to prove a point to management and co-workers about lax security practices. VIA gave Dulong 30 demerit points for the stunt, taking him halfway to termination, but the arbitrator thought that penalty was too severe given Dulong’s clean record. However, the arbitrator pointed out that workers owe employers a duty not to “undermine unduly the public image, credibility, reputation or operations of the employer.”

How Ottawa bungled a termination