Local members from across the region were able to attend and participate in the September 16 general membership meeting thanks to the union’s successful use of a multi-district Zoom broadcast.
While the meeting itself was held at the District 4 hall in San Fernando, it was simultaneously broadcast to Local 11’s facilities in Commerce, Torrance, Palmdale and Diamond Bar, as well as to the Jungle Room of the union’s Pasadena offices. Attendees at each site had the opportunity to Zoom in and give reports or testimony. More than 150 new members were sworn in at the September meeting and, if the multi-district broadcast continues, Local 11 will have the ability to welcome a significantly higher number of new members who can take the union oath from multiple locations.
Occasional hiccups aside, the broadcast went smoothly, reported Local 11 Director of Communications Chuck Webb, who set up all of the cameras and computer equipment at the various offices in the days prior to the meeting.
“Regardless of unforeseen glitches or gremlins, we were able to work around distractions and hold a coherent meeting,” Webb said. “We proved we could do it, and it worked pretty well.”
The final three general membership meetings of 2021 are scheduled to take place at the Pasadena Convention Center. We will keep you updated as to whether those meetings will be streamed to the districts as well.