Steelworkers Humanity Fund Contributes $20,000 for Assistance to Syrian Refugees

TORONTO, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers (USW) Canadian Director Ken Neumann today announced a $20,000 contribution from the Steelworkers Humanity Fund following Oxfam Canada's appeal for emergency aid for Syrian refugees.

"Steelworkers are growing more concerned daily by the plight of the Syrian people. As the destruction mounts, the toll on lives and livelihoods spirals, creating a desperate crisis for ever more people," Neumann said.

Nearly seven million Syrians, including three million children, have been devastated by the conflict. More than 1.4 million have sought refuge in nearby countries - a number that grows by 7,000 daily.

"The needs are great, and we urge Steelworkers members and locals to donate to the Syrian Refugee Appeal," Neumann said.

Donations to Oxfam Canada or Oxfam Quebec can be made on-line at www.oxfam.ca/usw, or www.oxfam.qc.ca.

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. Steelworkers union members contribute to the fund through clauses negotiated into collective agreements. In some cases, matching contributions come from employers.

SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)

For further information:

Contacts:

Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada, 416-544-5951
Doug Olthuis, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5957, dolthuis@usw.ca
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5996, 416-434-2221, bgallagher@usw.ca


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