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Main Pension Trial Begins


To:           All TEAM Members

From:    TEAM Office

Date:    August 29, 2008

Re:        Pension Lawsuit Update


It has taken a long time to get here, but on the day after Labour Day, September 2, 2008, the main part of the pension lawsuit TEAM et al v. MTS et al - Queen’s Bench File No. CI 99-01-14589 finally goes to trial.  A decade of union dues, retirees’ voluntary contributions, extensive legal activity, preparation, and commitment were required to get to this point.


The trial judge, Justice Bryk, heard Mr. Harry Restall’s evidence during the weeks of April 28th, May 5th and June 2nd.  Mr. Restall, a former MTS employee, now in his 70’s, did extremely well on the stand in both direct and cross-examination.  Our counsel reported that they were very pleased with his testimony, and that the hearing went better than expected.


The trial is scheduled September 2, 2008 to November 7, 2008, starting at 10:00 a.m. September 2nd in Courtroom 128, Law Courts Building, 408 York Avenue, Winnipeg.  You are welcome to attend and witness the proceedings for yourself, however please review the cell phone policy before attending: http://www.manitobacourts.mb.ca/pdf/cell_phone_policy.pdf.


A calendar of the next three months showing tentative witness examination dates is available on request from the TEAM office.


We will keep you apprised of events as they happen in this major court action, and provide you with updates as the trial unfolds whenever possible.



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