Steelworkers Contribute $45,000 to Fund for Burns Lake Families

BURNABY, BC, Feb. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) announced today a $45,000 contribution to a support fund for Babine Forest Products workers and families affected by the explosion at the Burns Lake, B.C. sawmill.

"We are re-confirming our pledge to the families and community of Burns Lake," Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada, said in announcing the Steelworkers' contribution to the USW Burns Lake Fund.

"We will be with you every step of the way as you cope with this tragedy and rebuild your lives and your community," Neumann said.

Other contributions to the USW Burns Lake Fund to date include a $10,000 donation from CUPE BC and $10,000 from the B.C. Federation of Labour. The labour federation also has launched an online appeal for contributions to the fund.

"We are grateful for all the contributions made to date and we encourage others to make pledges in support of the families and community of Burns Lake," said Stephen Hunt, USW Director for Western Canada.

"These acts of solidarity and compassion send a message to the workers and families of Burns Lake that the labour movement is by your side to help you overcome the challenges ahead," Hunt said.

Two workers died and 19 others were injured in the January 20 explosion and fire that destroyed the Burns Lake sawmill.

There are several ways to make donations to the USW Burns Lake Fund.  

To donate in person:

Attend any branch of Community Savings Credit Union:
5108 Joyce Street, Vancouver B.C.1188 8th Avenue, New Westminster, B.C.
#900-7380 King George Blvd, Surrey, B.C.
#100-1125 Nicola Avenue, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
#205-4333 Ledger Avenue, Burnaby, B.C.
#103-2750 Quadra Street, Victoria, B.C.

Or

Drop off a sealed envelope containing your cheque at any B.C. credit union addressed to:

Community Savings Credit Union, 5108 Joyce Street, Vancouver B.C.  V5R 4H1, Transit #11740  

To donate by mail:

Community Savings Credit Union, 5108 Joyce Street, Vancouver, B.C.  V5R 4H1

Or

USW District 3 Office, #300-3920 Norland Avenue, Burnaby, B.C. V5G 4K7

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

For further information:

Contacts:

Ken Neumann USW National Director, 416-544-5950
Steve Hunt, USW Western Canada Director ,604-816-2554
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-434-2221, 416-544-5966, bgallagher@usw.ca


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