History Worth Remembering

By Amanda Gibb

On January 29th, 1990 the United Steelworker (USW) members of Kootenay Savings Credit Union (KSCU), Local 9090, took a stand and to this day, it is a piece of history worth remembering.

It all started in July of 1988, when six branches: Trail, Castlegar, Waneta, Salmo, Kaslo and Fruitvale decided and were approved for certification to unionize. South Slocan branch followed suit in February 1991. Warfield Credit Union merged with KSCU, whom were already USW members of local 9090, in 1997.

There were four employees that were instrumental to signing our first contract in November 1990. They were: Faye Peters, Cheryl Gallamore, Lisa Shepherd and Brenda Bortolussi. Together, along with the Staff Reps from the USW, they built an agreement that provided clear distinction between which jobs were to be excluded from the bargaining unit. So I bring up this exclusion of bargaining unit jobs for one good reason: it will be the start of events to come regarding the Cheryl Gallamore Grievance that occurred on January 17th, 1990.

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