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- Tignish Fisheries
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The first of the 28 Fishermen's Unions to be formed on Prince Edward Island was Tignish Station #1. It was incorporated under "An Act to Provide for the Organization of Fishermen's Unions" in 1925. The organization was not a trade union but more of a mutual society, with members pooling resources in buying supplies and marketing their catch. The Union even had a password to prevent infiltration of non-members.
In 1925 some of the members bought a small lobster factory and six boats, and formed a joint-stock company which was incorporated as the Tignish Fisheries Ltd. They hired Tignish lawyer Chester McCarthy, who had a background in the fisheries, to manage the business. Membership in the company was restricted to men who owned their own boats and gear and could purchase a 200 dollar share. Packing and marketing their own product meant a much better price for the fishermen than they could get from the private companies. By 1926 the plant was employing 28 women and 12 men and paying a 7% dividend to its members.
In 1959 the name was changed to the Tignish Fisheries Co-operative Association Ltd. In 1995 the Royal Star Foods plant was built. The plant is a large facility which employs approximately 400 people and processes various seafood products.
For more information see: Marian Bruce and Elizabeth Cran's "Working Together: Two Centuries of Co-operation on Prince Edward Island", Island Studies Press, 2004.
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This fonds contains five minute books of Tignish Fisheries Limited for 1925 -1971 (with gaps from June 1936 to December 1946, and September 1954 to October 1957) which detail the regular, special and annual meetings of the organization.
Also included in the fonds is a minute book for Station 1 of the Fishermen's Union for 1923-1934 containing accounts of regular, special and annual meetings and a completed supply order form. In addition, there is the Constitution and By-Laws for the Fisherman's Union of Prince Edward Island, and for Station 1 (Tignish) of the Fishermen's Union.
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