Union sets up legal defence fund for railway workers charged in Lac Megantic disaster

Two railway workers charged in the Lac Mégantic disaster will be receiving support from their union.

The United Steelworkers Union has set up a legal defence fund for train engineer, Thomas Harding and traffic controller, Richard Labrie. Each faces 47 counts of criminal negligence.

The manager of train operations, Jean Demaitre, and the now defunct owner of the railway — Montreal Maine and Atlantic — have also been charged, but the union says the fund is to assist its members.

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