Local 712 is comprised largely of members from Northwest Community College, which has two Bargaining Units, Instructional and Support Staff. The remaining members are from Legal Services in Terrace, Native Courtworkers and the Haisla Learning Center in Kitimat. There are approximately 220 members, with whom a very active group of Stewards and Contact Persons maintain regular communications. All documentation is copied and distributed to the various community locations, and six bulletin boards in Terrace via the college network. As Local Chair, I can be contacted by fax: (250) 638-5432 or by e mail:[email protected]. In the future, Local 712 will continue to press for a more effective technical communications system (within the BCGEU), along with improvements to our working conditions (either through our contracts or through our community networks) to better serve the needs of our northern members. We will continue our educational and moral support for First Nations people for a just and timely settlement of their land claims.
Those BCGEU members who plan to visit our geographic area should expect superlatives, from the scenery along our highways and marine corridors, our area's parks and ecological reserves, to the variety of wilderness recreation opportunities (including fishing and wildlife viewing), First Nations art and cultural sites and pioneer settlements. Each geographic area with Local 712's jurisdiction contains friendly communities with unique cultural mosaics and relaxing atmosphere. Don't forget to bring your hiking boots, rain wear, insect repellent and a sense of adventure.