01/28/2015 05:51 EST | Updated 03/30/2015 05:59 EDT

Longueuil blue collar workers protest colleague's suspension with city hall salt dump

Dozens of blue collar workers staged a brief protest outside Longueuil City Hall earlier this afternoon, dumping a truckload of what appears to be road salt at the entrance to the building. 

About 80 vehicles briefly circled the building, honking their horns. Police were dispatched to the scene, but – other than the salt – no damage was reported. 

The head of the union representing the workers says the protest was prompted by the city's suspension of an employee caught on video by a citizen last night leaving his snow removal machine unoccupied, with the engine running. The video was posted to the internet. 

City granted emergency hearing

The worker is suspended with pay while the city conducts an investigation to determine if there was a mechanical problem with the vehicle or if the employee simply left it running. 

The protest at city hall was swift, lasting only about 15 minutes.

However, the city was granted an emergency hearing before the Essential Services Council of Quebec's Labour Relations Board, accusing the union of staging an illegal work stoppage.

That hearing is underway right now.