By Andrew Phillip Chernoff, WKLC Member-At-Large: Trail
Patsy Harmston, President BCGEU Local 309
TRAIL-It was with “a heavy heart” that Patsy Harmston, President of BCGEU Local 309, announced the result of a decertification vote of Trail FAIR and the Trail Transition House on July 31, 2013, bringing an end to those areas as BCGEU Local 309 worksites.
The vote was 21 to 18 in favour of the decertification, and showed, according to Harmston, “a divided and toxic workplace”. Voting began on June 18 and ended on July 11.
Harmston thanked the West Kootenay Labour Council, United Steelworkers Locals 480 and 9705 for “great support in holding a leafleting and barbequing in Trail” in support of the pro union supporters.
United Steelworkers Locals 480 and 9705, along with CUPE, BCGEU Locals, the West Kootenay Labour Council and the public came out to support the members of BCGEU Local 309 in Trail with a barbeque on July 2 with speakers urging them to deal with their issues fairly, professionally and stay unionized.
To those that supported them during the decertification process, “I want to pass on to all of you a great thank you for your support. It felt really good to have you stand with us and we just can’t thank you enough.”, Harmston said on behalf of the pro union supporters at Trail FAIR and Trail Transition House.