The surprise annual general meeting planned for Friday by the Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services Society will not be recognized by the territory’s Registrar of Societies.
The society’s employees began a strike Nov. 2 in several Yukon communities, including Whitehorse.
“It was confirmed by the Registrar of Societies ... that the society did not provide proper notification for the meeting as specified in their current bylaws,” the Yukon Employees’ Union (YEU), which represents the workers, said Monday afternoon.
At a Sept. 28 board meeting, the YEU said earlier, Many Rivers’ board passed a motion to institute a moratorium on new members to the society, a move which the union said was in conflict with the organization’s bylaws.
“According to meeting minutes, there were concerns including (a) conflict of interest concerns/issues from potential members or potential group of members; (b) any politicization of the society; c) a small or larger group could hypothetically enter into the society memberships with purposes not consistent with the organization’s purpose,” the YEU said.
Corporate Registries has also confirmed that the applications submitted are legitimate, and all individuals who submit/submitted applications for membership along with payment are members, and are entitled to receive proper documentation and notices for the AGM and any special general meeting, the YEU said.
“In response to requests from the beleaguered staff of Many Rivers, YEU has, over the last six or eight months, shared the society’s membership invitation with our membership,” the union said.
“The goal was to encourage transparency and healthy discussion at the membership level. This is, we believe, what led to both the cancellation of the scheduled June AGM, and this improper move by the board of directors.”
The YEU said it knows of more than 20 people who requested membership in the society by submitting a registration form and the $10 membership fee in September.
“Those individuals have never been advised of their membership status, but were not invited to the November 23 meeting planned by the society,” the union said.
“The striking workers of Many Rivers care deeply about their work, and their clients. We urge the society to do business in a transparent manner that truly reflects their goals and caring mandate.”
Many Rivers has not returned several phone calls and an email from the Star seeking comment on the labour disruption and its attempt to have its AGM.
“All society members look forward to participating in a legitimate annual general meeting,” the YEU said.