Quebec Steelworkers Join with Employer to Support Local Food Bank

REPENTIGNY, Que. – USW members working at the General Dynamics manufacturing plant in Repentigny joined forces with their employer to make a sizeable donation to help families in need in their community.

Members of Steelworkers Locals 9238 and 9421, along with the company, contributed $10,000 to the Fin à la faim (End Hunger) food bank. The USW locals and the company each contributed $3,000, with another $1,000 raised through online donations and cash from workers through “passing the hat” on the shop floor.

“We’re fortunate to be able to continue working and earn a paycheque. But we know the situation is very difficult economically for many of our fellow citizens,” said Eric Blais, President of USW Local 9238, representing some 550 production, security and operations workers at General Dynamics.

“It’s important for us to support the community when so many are going through very tough times,” Blais said.

“In times like these, we all have to stick together,” said Daniel Meilleur, President of USW Local 9421, which represents office staff at the General Dynamics facilities.

“In addition to the funds we raised each month within our respective locals, we passed the hat among our members and many stepped up again to contribute in cash and through online donations,” Meilleur added.

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