Executive Board

Terry Harris is President of UFCW Canada Local 649, a single bargaining unit local at Federated Co-operatives Limited with six separate sites, including two home office buildings, a food warehouse, a feed mill, a Saskatoon propane plant, and a Melfort propane plant.

Terry started working at Federated Co-operatives in 1999. Over the last two decades, she has served as a Shop Steward and Vice President, and currently serves as President of Local 649 after being elected to the position in 2013. In addition to leading UFCW Canada Local 649, Terry continues to work as a rank-and-file member in the Strategy Department at Federated Co-operatives Limited. Sister Harris is also the President of the UFCW Saskatchewan Provincial Council.

In her spare time, Terry stays politically active as a member of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party. She also works with the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), which supports the educational advancement of women.

Tamara has been a member of UFCW Canada since she started working at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) in Saskatoon over twenty-five years ago. She is a Senior Accountant in the Retail Accounting Department at Federated’s head office.

Shortly after starting her career with Federated, Tamara took on the role of Shop Steward with Local 649, and a couple of years later she was asked to be the Local’s Recording Secretary.

Sister Giesbrecht then moved on from the Recording Secretary position to become Local 649’s Treasurer in 2011. Her experience as an accountant fits perfectly with her position as Treasurer.

“It’s important for the Local to be in a healthy financial position so that we can properly serve members and meet their needs on an ongoing basis,” says Tamara.

Despite her quiet demeanor, Sister Giesbrecht is known for taking action and making her voice heard when standing up for members and their rights. She always works diligently to assist members when they need her help. And whenever there is a problem that needs to be fixed, Tamara will take the time to listen, get the facts right, and work to find solutions.

Tammy Gust has worked at the Federated Co-operatives Limited Home Office for the past nine years. She started her employment in the Corporate Accounting Department and currently works in the Feed Department.

Tammy has been an active member of UFCW Local 649 since she first started working at Federated Co-opatives. She has served as a Shop Steward and has sat on the Employee & Family Assistance (EFAP) Committee, and in 2013, Sister Gust was elected as Local 649’s Home Office Vice President.

In addition to her duties as the Home Office Vice President, Tammy is a Vice President on the UFCW Saskatchewan Provincial Council.

Brant Palko has worked at the Federated Co-operatives warehouse for the past seventeen years. He currently works in the Maintenance Department.

Brant has been an active member of UFCW Local 649 for many years and has served in a number of positions with the union, including Shop Steward, Warehouse Chief Shop Steward, and now Warehouse Vice President.

In addition to his duties as the Warehouse Vice President, Brant also sits on the Employee & Family Assistance (EFAP) Committee for the entire bargaining unit.

April has worked at Federated Co-operatives for five years. She has been involved in Local 649 for most of that time and now sits on the Local’s Executive Board as the Recorder.

April has enjoyed her years as a union member and has participated in numerous programs, events, and committees, including the UFCW Canada Young-Workers Internship Program (YIP), the Saskatoon and District Labour Council Annual General Meeting, and the UFCW Canada Women’s Committee.

Sister Van Meesen feels that being active in her union has given more opportunities in life, and she is proud to be able to represent her coworkers and meet people from all walks of life.