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1st General Membership Meeting Telephone Town Hall a Huge Success!

On March 1st UFCW Local 247 held its first ever Telephone Town Hall General membership Meeting. As was explained by Local 247 President Suzanne Hodge during the meeting, this concept of a Town Hall style meeting as opposed to our normal rent a room and attend in person, was looked at as a way to allow more members to participate…and clearly it worked!

Over 2,300 members were at one time on the call and most stayed on the call for over half the meeting. Members received a call the day before the meeting notifying them of the time and reminding them to answer their phone the next day when they would receive another call linking them into the live meeting. Throughout the meeting it was explained how you could go into a queue to ask a question or vote on a motion by simply hitting a designated key on your phone. You were also given a number to call if you somehow disconnected to rejoin the meeting.

For those members who did not have their question answered live on the call, a sound recording of their question has been forwarded to their Union Representative and they will be called directly. Many of the messages left were members expressing their opinion on the new concept and the responses were overwhelmingly positive.

As with any new process, we will constantly be looking to improve how things run and we are developing an area on the UFCW 247 website where we can post the meeting agenda and minutes and offer members a way to email in questions to be dealt with during the meeting. We found that while members voted on motions there were opportunities to answer questions but there were either no members in the queue or they were not ready to go live as all callers are first spoken to by a “screener” to keep things running smoothly.

We are reminder members to make sure their contact information is up to date. You may either provide your updated info to your Union Representative, or go to the Local 247 website at UFCW247.com and click on the “change your address” link at the top of the home page.

The winner of the $150 gift card was Harjit Chahal, a Safeway member from Prince Rupert.

The next Town Hall Meeting will take place on May 30th @ 7:00 pm pacific time.


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