TORONTO - "The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing $10,000 toward emergency aid and reconstruction efforts following the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand", said Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada.
The Steelworkers Humanity Fund contribution is being made through the Relief Fund set up by the Maritime Union of New Zealand.
"The Maritime Union of New Zealand is one of the many community-based organizations that are working to assist families devastated by the loss of a family member, and the destruction of their homes," Neumann said. "Thanks to the contributions of Steelworkers members to the Humanity Fund we are able to be part of that effort."
On February 22 a powerful 6.3 magnitude quake hit the second largest city in New Zealand causing widespread damage. Latest reports say 166 have been killed in the quake, with others still missing. Thousands of homes have been destroyed and there is significant damage to infrastructure and public and private buildings.
Founded in 1985, the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is a registered charitable organization. Steelworkers members contribute to the Fund through clauses negotiated into collective agreements. In some cases matching contributions come from employers.
Ken Neumann, 416-487-1571
Doug Olthuis, USW Humanity Fund, 416-544-5957