Union activist fired and exiled before becoming union executive

Fired employee appointed union VP, but was banned from workplace
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/26/2012

An Ontario company violated its collective agreement when it banned a fired employee who was a union executive from its property, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has ruled.

Patrick Veinot worked for Vale Inco, a Toronto-based nickel mining and metals company. He had a good employment record, with no instances of discipline from the time of his hiring in 2001 until Vale employees went on strike on July 13, 2009.

Veinot was also a union activist who served as a chief steward, sat on the grievance committee and was vice-president of his local for a time. He also made an unsuccessful bid for his local’s presidency before the strike.