Worker fired for shooting threats

Despite long service, denials hurt Toronto fare collector’s credibility
By Jeffrey Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/15/2017

An arbitrator has upheld the dismissal of a Toronto transit worker who made comments to a co-worker about committing violent acts.

Mark Davis, 54, was a fare collector for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). He was hired in 1989. In early 2014, Davis was suspended for two days after gestured with his middle finger at a customer. The TTC also required Davis to attend sensitivity training dealing with difficult customers, the TTC’s workplace violence policy, the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), and the need for appropriate and professional conduct at work.

The day after the training, Davis was chatting with a co-worker at a ticket booth and said, “If anything ever happened, like losing my job, I’d have no problem coming in here and shooting them.” Davis also said he would kill only managers, not employees, and mentioned three managers by name. “I’d die for that cause,” he said.