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Steelworkers Humanity Fund Supports Emergency Relief in B.C. and Mexico

TORONTO - The Steelworkers Humanity Fund has contributed $20,000 to support families recovering from devastating flooding in Cache Creek, B.C., and $5,000 for recovery from a massive tornado that struck the Mexican border town of Ciudad Acuña.

"On the weekend of May 23-24 massive and unexpected rainfall flooded much of Cache Creek, B.C. The following day a deadly tornado touched down in Ciudad Acuña," noted Ken Neumann, President of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund.

"In both cases individuals and families - including members of the United Steelworkers and Los Mineros unions - need emergency help to meet immediate needs and to recover. We are pleased that Steelworkers' members, through their contributions to the Steelworkers Humanity Fund, were able to help locally and globally," Neumann said.

On behalf of the Humanity Fund on June 2, Marty Gibbons and Kyle Wolff, the presidents of Steelworkers' Locals 1-417 and 7619, respectively, presented cheques of $15,000 to the United Way for the Cache Creek fund and $5,000 for the Ashcroft food bank to enable it to continue to provide food baskets to affected individuals. 

The United Steelworkers union has also pledged $5,000 to assist workers and families in Ciudad Acuña.

Founded in 1985, the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is a registered charitable organization that focuses primarily on development projects and emergency aid in developing countries, but also supports Canadian communities in crisis. United Steelworkers members contribute to the fund through clauses negotiated into collective agreements. In some cases employers make matching contributions.

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For further information:

Ken Neumann, President, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5951
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, bgallagher@usw.ca

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