Seven employees cleared of all charges from April sit-in at credit union

    TORONTO, Dec. 3 /CNW/ - The seven striking FirstOntario CreditUnion
employees who were involved in a peaceful sit in had all charges against them
withdrawn in a Hamilton Court last week. On the heels of this news, COPE
Ontario Director Janice Best contacted the new CEO for FirstOntario requesting
a meeting to discuss the plight of these seven workers. The new CEO Kelly
McGiffen was unwilling to discuss this issue despite the withdrawal of the
    The seven long time employees were involved in a peaceful sit in last
April along with six others in an attempt to get the Credit Union to
reschedule the 2006 Annual General Meeting, which had been postponed in
violation of the credit union's by-laws, and to get the strike settled. The
strike ended after eight and one-half months when the employer finally agreed
to refer the outstanding issues to binding arbitration, a solution that had
been suggested by the union many months earlier.
    The Annual General Meeting of FirstOntario Credit Union is set for
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at Chandelier Place, 660 Barton Street, Stoney
Creek at 7:30 p.m. It is expected to be an interesting meeting as credit union
members challenge the Board of Directors on their failure to implement the
'will of the house' motion placed at the last AGM when the members directed
the Board to immediately reinstate the seven terminated employees.

For further information:

For further information: Patty Clancy or Janice Best at (416) 703-8515;
or Don Fraser at (905) 966-2750

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