News From USW: USW Strike at TD Canada Trust Demands Fairness

    PITTSBURGH, June 18 /CNW/ - News From USW: The United Steelworkers (USW)
is calling on TD Canada Trust, one of Canada's largest financial institutions,
to resolve the impasse in negotiations that has caused a strike today by some
100 members of USW Local 2020 in the Sudbury, Ontario, area.

    "Our members deserve a fair and reasonable contract," said USW Canadian
National Director Ken Neumann. "The bank's offer of pay increases to some
employees while denying it to others is completely unacceptable. It's a major
issue in the work stoppage."

    The USW was certified as bargaining agent for Sudbury area employees of
TD Canada Trust working as customer relations coordinators, customer service
administrators, customer service representatives and officers, financial
services officers and representatives, financial advisers, and sales and
service administrators soon after an overwhelming number of union cards were
signed at the end of 2004.

    Ongoing resistance to the union

    Negotiations for a first agreement took almost a year and a strike
appeared imminent before the first contract was settled.

    When the federal labour board turned down an application from a small
minority of employees to be excluded from the union, TD Canada Trust requested
a judicial review. That request is making its way through a federal appeals

    Last year, when a handful of employees began a union decertification
campaign, a decertification vote supervised by the Canada Industrial Relations
Board was held in May. An overwhelming majority voted to keep their union.

    Townspeople standing with the union

    "Sudbury is a union town," said USW International President and Sudbury
native Leo W. Gerard. "Unlike communities where there is less union density,
in Sudbury people understand the value of representation. TD Canada Trust
isn't just taking on the Steelworkers and its 285,000 members in Canada. It's
taking on the Canadian labour movement."

    "These people are professionals," Neumann added. "They want to be treated
and compensated fairly. We are waiting for the employer to return to the
bargaining table with a fair and reasonable offer for all members of the
bargaining unit."

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For further information: United Steelworkers Gerald Dickey,

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