Calgary health-care workers launch $50M Class Action Lawsuit against Telus Sourcing Solutions Inc. for years of payroll, benefits errors



    CALGARY, May 21 /CNW/ - Health-care workers throughout the former Calgary
Health Region have launched a $50M Class Action Lawsuit against Telus Sourcing
Solutions Inc., the region's payroll and benefits provider, for years of
payroll errors that include missed pay periods, wage overpayments and
underpayments, insufficient or nonexistent health benefit coverage and ongoing
pension contribution blunders.
    "When you go to work, you show up on time and expect to be paid on time,
right? Well so do we," said Maureen Mackrory, a Social Worker employed at
Calgary's Peter Lougheed medical centre and one the initial plaintiffs listed
in the class action suit.
    "Health-care workers are no different. We have families to feed,
mortgages and car payments to make like the rest of Canadians, and we're tired
of crossing our fingers hoping our wages and benefits will be there every two
weeks.
    "It's been exhausting since Alberta Health Services contracted out the
payroll and benefits system to TSSI in 2003, and we want it brought back
in-house. We had few problems when payroll services were administered
in-house."
    The class action suit was filed on behalf of more than 4,000 health-care
workers, following years of problems surrounding payroll and benefit errors
experienced by employees throughout the former Calgary Health Region.
    "I have never seen a class action with so many class members experiencing
so many problems so often," said Clint Docken, legal representation for the
health-care workers. "These health-care professionals have lived with these
chronic payroll and benefits problems on a daily basis."
    Docken is encouraging other Calgary health-care workers to document their
stories and join the class action lawsuit against TSSI by visiting
www.tssiclassaction.com, a website launched specifically for Calgary Health
Region health-care workers to document their stories and register as a member
of the $50M lawsuit.
    The class action suit must now be certified by the Court of Queens Bench
before it can proceed.





For further information:

For further information: Clint Docken, Legal Counsel - Calgary Office:
(403) 269-3612; Maureen Mackrory, Class Action Plaintiff: (403) 280-0932;
Laurel Jackson, Class Action Plaintiff: (403) 615-1735

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