Striking college worker seriously injured on Markham picket line; driver charged

MARKHAM, ON, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - A striking employee of Seneca College suffered multiple fractures late Wednesday afternoon when he was struck by a vehicle attempting to enter the school's Markham campus. The driver of the vehicle has been charged by York Regional police.

"It was a horrible scene," said Janice Hagan, president of OPSEU Local 561, which represents 540 striking community college workers at Seneca College. "At the speed the car drove through the picket line it was a miracle that more people weren't injured."

Hagan said the incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, when the driver of the vehicle accelerated and broke through a line of striking college workers who were picketing the main entrance of the campus, located on Allstate Road in Markham.

The injured man, a computer technologist at Seneca College and a married father of a young child, was rushed to York Region Hospital. Police investigated and charged the motorist.

"There is absolutely no reason this incident should have ever happened," said Hagan. "It was a peaceful and legal picket line. It's beyond belief that a driver could act in such a reckless and deadly manner."

SOURCE Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

For further information:

Janice Hagan
President, OPSEU Local 561 Seneca College
416-768-1299 mobile

Greg Hamara
OPSEU Communications
416-443-8888 office


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