Steelworkers applaud class action on bank workers' overtime



    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW), which represents
more than 1,000 financial services workers in banks and credit unions across
Canada, says the class action launched against the CIBC is another important
step in the battle to improve working conditions for all bank workers.
    "The USW believes bank workers deserve and are entitle to dignity and
fairness in the workplace, and we support the class action on overtime pay,"
said Marie Kelly, USW's Assistant Director in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.
    "Issues such as overtime pay are among the reasons bank employees have
come to our union to represent them. Overtime pay remains an issue and the
collective bargaining process provides mechanisms for ensuring workers are
properly paid. Unfortunately, banks will always try to maximize their profits,
but they must not be permitted to do that on the back of workers."
    Kelly said bank workers should be encouraged to sign on to the lawsuit.
    "As a union, we know there is strength in numbers and we intend to
support this action through to its rightful conclusion."

    The USW, which represents workers of the CIBC, will be encouraging its
members to join in the class action to recover overtime pay for the period
before they became Steelworkers and were covered by their collective
agreement.




For further information:

For further information: Marie Kelly, (416) 243-8792, (416) 705-3627,
mkelly@usw.ca


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