Steelworkers Humanity Fund to contribute to flood relief in British Columbia

Today, the Steelworkers Humanity Fund (SHF) Board of Directors authorized a contribution to relief efforts to assist residents in British Columbia impacted by severe flooding.

The SHF will contribute $50,000 to assist with relief efforts in communities where record flooding has devastated residents and their families.

“Many people, including our members, have been deeply affected by flooding this week that has forced the evacuation of entire communities and the closure of every major road in and out of the Lower Mainland,” said Stephen Hunt, District Director for Western Canada and the Territories and a director of the SHF.

“British Columbia has been hit hard this year with extreme heat, wildfires and now severe flooding. This has caused real hardship for some of our members, their families and communities and the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is pleased to provide funds to flood relief efforts,” said Hunt.

"This support is possible thanks to Humanity Fund contributions by thousands of individual USW members across Canada," added Hunt.

Founded in 1985, the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is a registered charitable organization that focuses 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.


For further information:

Steve Hunt, Director, District 3, United Steelworkers, 604-683-1117
Doug Olthuis, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, (416) 544-5957

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