Attack on ‘scab’ who crossed Vale mine picket line ends in termination

Union vows to challenge judge's decision
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/08/2013

Three mine workers involved in an attack on a so-called "scab" for crossing the picket line have lost their jobs — and will not get them back, an Ontario judge has ruled.

Jason Patterson, Patrick Veniot and Mike French (the latter of whom was vice-president of the local United Steelworkers chapter at the time) were fired from their jobs at the Vale mine in Sudbury, Ont., after assaulting a co-worker who crossed the picket line during a labour dispute.

Todd Chretien, the victim, was violently confronted by French, Patterson and Veniot back in January of 2010. According to the agreed statement of facts, French was the one who hit Chretien, while Patterson and Veniot stood by.