TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) Canadian
National Director Ken Neumann today announced the Steelworkers Humanity
Fund is contributing $107,800 to 55 food banks in Canadian communities
where USW members live and work.
"In communities as diverse as Port Alberni, Goose Bay, Montreal, and
Sault Ste. Marie, The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing to
food banks because poor and vulnerable Canadians continue to rely on
food banks to make ends meet," said Neumann. "Across this country we
are collectively failing in our attempts to eliminate poverty', he
said. "And we will continue to fail until we start to see the
elimination of poverty as a human rights obligation that requires
positive, committed government action at all levels".
The United Steelworkers urges passage of Bills C-233, a private members
bill introduced by NDP member Jean Crowder into Parliament in June
2011. Bill C-233 requires the federal government to develop and
implement a strategy for poverty elimination and social inclusion in
consultation with the provincial, territorial, municipal and Aboriginal
governments and with civil society organizations.
The recently released HungerCount 2011, produced by Food Banks Canada,
provides one snapshot of the alarming dimensions of poverty in Canada:
851,014 separate individuals received food from a food bank in March
Food bank use in 2011 was 26% higher than in 2008;
One in ten of those turning to food banks identify as First Nations,
Metis, or Inuit.
The Campaign 2000 Annual Report Card (2010) notes that almost 400,000
adult full-time workers in Canada earn less than $10 per hour.
For a complete list of recipients of Humanity Fund contributions, please
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. Steelworker members contribute to the Fund
through clauses negotiated into collective agreements. In some cases
matching contributions come from employers.
The HungerCount 2011 can be found here: http://foodbankscanada.ca/getmedia/dc2aa860-4c33-4929-ac36-fb5d40f0b7e7/HungerCount-2011.pdf.aspx
Campaign 2000's Annual National Report Card on Poverty will be released
near the end of November and can be found at http://www.campaign2000.ca/
Bill C-233, and the petition in support of it, can be found at http://www.dignityforall.ca/en/sign-petition-show-your-support-poverty-elimination-act
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Ken Neumann, USW 416-544-5950
Doug Olthuis, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5957