Steelworkers Humanity Fund contributes $15,000 to relief and reconstruction in Gaza



    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) National Director Ken
Neumann has announced contributions by the Steelworkers Humanity Fund of
$15,000 to support relief and reconstruction efforts in Gaza.
    Neumann, who is also president of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund, said,
"Steelworkers are relieved that the attack on Gaza has been suspended, and we
pleased that the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is able to contribute to relief
and rebuilding efforts in Gaza.
    "The work of reconstruction will be an enormous task. At the same time, a
lasting and fair settlement to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict continues to
be elusive, and will not be based on a military solution."
    The contribution of the Steelworker Humanity Fund will be channeled to
victims of the destruction of Gaza through three separate organizations:
Islamic Relief Canada; the Red Crescent Society of Gaza; and the International
Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

    Founded by the United Steelworkers union in 1985, the Steelworkers
Humanity Fund is a registered charitable organization. Steelworker members
contribute to the Fund through clauses negotiated into collective agreements,
which most commonly provide for a contribution of $20 per year per union
member. In a number of important collective agreements matching contributions
have been negotiated from employers.
    The mandate of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is to address issues of
hunger and poverty, primarily in the developing world, through development
assistance and emergency aid.





For further information:

For further information: Ken Neumann, (416) 487-1571, (416) 558-2510;
Doug Olthuis, (Executive Director, Steelworkers Humanity Fund), (416)
544-5957


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