Left: Don Iwaskow, President North Central Labour Council and Financial Secretary USW Local 1-424.
Right: Brian O'Rourke, First Vice President Local 1/424.
The Charles Howard Webb Plaque unveiling was held on Wednesday, December 13th, 2016 in front of the United Steelworkers Local 1-424 Building. Howard was a Labour Union icon in the North. He was front and centre through strikes and battles that dominated the early 40s and 50s. He held several Labour positions over his work history. He was an organizer, a Business Agent for the IWA Local 1-424, a Prince George City Councillor, a longtime member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF); now known as the NDP Party, and co-founder of the Prince George and District Labour Council. This marks only a few of his achievements.
In the beginning, Howard's first days of organizing proved challenging in the North dealing with small Saw Mills and Logging Camps, as this being the familiar life in the early days of the IWA. The unveiling of the plaque took place in -25 bitter cold weather; likely putting a smile on Howard's face. This proving even today the struggles of organized Labour continues regardless of the elements. Little bite of cold weather is just a sample of the struggles of yesterday and the continued fight for workers' rights and fair wages today.
A short history book about Howard Webb was prepared by Rob-Roy Douglas and can be obtained at the USW Local 1-424 office or viewed on the USW Local 1-424 website under publications.