Gary Ahlstrom had worked with the City for over 30 years at the time of the Centennial, starting with the city as a surveyor, chainman, and working his way up to a rod man, and then running his own survey crew as an instrument man for five or six years. He became a steward with CSU 52 early in his career, and in 1980 was hired, along with Jim Cox, as a business agents. Gary has vivid memories of the 1976 strike as well as the process through which the Union was able to win such union benefits as a compressed work week.
Jim Cox had worked for the City for over 30 years at the time of the Centennial. In that time, he held a number of positions on the executive of CSU 52, both when it was part of CUPE, as well as when it broke away. When the Union found itself in need of business agents, he was hired along with Gary Ahlstrom to the position where he served for 10 years. He has vivid memories of the 1976 strike, and the process through which the local broke away from the National Union.