Dann Little’s union president said he had an excellent chance to beat the firing and probably would have had his punishment reduced to a suspension.
Little found out on Friday he was being fired, one day before he took his own life. But the union was “very confident” he would be back, according to Dan MacDonald, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 508.
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“Our legal team had indicated to us that their feeling was we had a very good, strong case to win,” said MacDonald, who added Little was aware of this opinion.
Little was fired for a high-profile incident involving disrupting a seal hunt protest, as well as two workplace complaints.
“Everybody has a moment of bad judgment,” MacDonald said. “It was a rough incident. It deserves some punishment, but to terminate a person’s job, personally I don’t think that’s justified.”