1/16/08

Sprawling USW goes on strike against bank

United Steelworkers' (USW) Ontario/Atlantic Director Wayne Fraser announced Monday that members of Local 2020 are on strike at five branches of CIBC in Sudbury.

Negotiations for a second collective agreement with the bank failed when the 62 employees rejected the bank's offer, which failed to address issues of wages, employer-paid benefits and equal pay for equal work. In November, the bank's employees voted 90 per cent to take strike action if necessary.

USW Staff Representative Jim Kmit, said workers are only seeking a just and fair contract. It is the second such strike in less than a year in Sudbury. Workers at TD Canada Trust went on strike for a month in 2007.

The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing more than 280,000
men and women working in every sector of the economy, including more than
1,000 in financial services.

(newswire.ca)

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