Vale must open its gates to fired worker: Board (Legal view)

Union vice-president, terminated during strike, banned from company property
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/14/2012

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

Patrick Veinot worked for Vale Canada, 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.