On the weekend of April 21st and 22nd the newly merged USW Local 1-2017 held their first Annual General Meeting at The Coast Inn of the North, Prince George. USW Local 1-2017 is comprised of members that were previously separated into two locals, 1-424, and 1-425. Over 120 members attended from every plant in the service area, covering from Fort St John to 100 Mile House, and west to Smithers.
Special guests at the AGM included Bob Matters, Wood Council Chairperson, Marty Gibbons, President USW Local 1-417, Harvey Arcand, Former President USW Local 1-425, Irene Lanzinger, President BC Federation Of Labour, Aaron Ekman, Secretary Treasurer BC Federation of labour, and Craig Bavis, Victory Square Law, as well as some workers from Country Prime Meats, which is currently in an organization drive.
Our Local holds an Annual General Meeting every year in order to put forward, and vote on, changes to bylaws or other resolutions they want the local Union to act on and elect delegates to several conventions and conferences dealing with a wide range of issues. The Annual General Meeting is also a great opportunity for members to meet members from different plants, discuss industry wide issues, organize, and learn from each other.
The Annual General Meeting is organized by all of our elected officers and staff. Thanks to everyone for their hard work organizing the event, and a special thank you to the guests and all members who attended this important Annual delegated meeting.