Steelworkers Humanity Fund contributes $27,000 to hurricane relief in Haiti and Cuba



    TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) National Director
Ken Neumann today announced contributions by the Steelworkers Humanity Fund of
$27,000 to support relief efforts in Cuba and Haiti in the aftermath of
hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
    Neumann, who is also president of the Humanity Fund, said, "Steelworkers
are pleased to be able to contribute to relief and rebuilding efforts in Haiti
and Cuba.
    "The full wrath of these hurricanes is felt most strongly by vulnerable
families, who cannot afford to lose what little they had. In addition to
providing direct emergency assistance, the Steelworkers Humanity Fund also
supports longer-term development projects, which strive to help provide the
education, training, tools, and resources, required to build more equitable
economies."
    The majority of the hurricane relief contribution will be directed to
Oxfam. The Steelworkers Humanity has recently also contributed emergency
relief funds for victims of July mud slides in Guatemala and for the victims
of flooding in the US state of Iowa.
    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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