Steelworkers urge former Kaufman employees to claim for monies owed



    KITCHENER, ON, Jan. 4 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) is using its
website, www. usw.ca, to urge former Kaufman Footwear employees to make
immediate claims for monies owed since the company's 2000 bankruptcy from the
receiver, Ernst and Young.
    Ernst and Young sent notices to former employees at their last known
addresses and the union is hoping its former members will make the necessary
claims before the final deadline of Jan. 18. The USW wants workers to contact
the union's Cambridge Office at 519.650.3405 for details and assistance on
making their claim.
    The company is reported to have $7.3-million in assets, but none has been
able to be distributed to employees or other unsecured creditors because of a
complicated lawsuit. The parties involved agreed in December to enter
voluntary mediation. Former Kaufman employees were not involved in that
dispute.
    "Workers were never the cause of the nearly-eight-year delay in receiving
payments they were owed," said USW Ontario/Atlantic Director Wayne Fraser.
"They should not now be victimized by it. I hope everyone affected by this
economic blow to the community will get what they deserve from Ernst and
Young."
    Kaufman, a well-known Canadian name in shoes and boots, shut its doors in
Kitchener after nearly a century of production. At the end, the company
employed more than 700 workers, both union and salaried.

    The USW represents more than 280,000 men and women working in every
sector of Canada's economy.





For further information:

For further information: Jim Harvey (USW staff representative), (519)
650-3405, ext. 226 or (519) 580-1273


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