The California Independent Bankers Association said it will encourage its members to join the No-Surcharge Alliance, led by $30 billion-asset Union Bank of California, a unit of Bank of Tokyo- Mitsubishi Ltd.

The alliance was formed in response to decisions by BankAmerica Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. to charge noncustomers $1.50 to use their automated teller machines. The two banks own about 7,000 ATMs, nearly half of the California total.

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