Steelworkers Humanity Fund Contributes $30,000 to Relief Efforts in Philippines

TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing $30,000 to emergency relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines.

"Steelworkers are among the thousands of Canadians responding to the urgent appeals for emergency assistance in the wake of the destruction of Haiyan," said Ken Neumann, National Director for Canada of the United Steelworkers (USW).

"Our hearts go out to families who lost loved ones and to the communities devastated by one of the most violent storms to ever hit the islands," Neumann said.

The Steelworkers Humanity Fund contribution will be directed through Oxfam Canada.  Oxfam has launched an urgent appeal to help the people of the Philippines as part of the Humanitarian Coalition that includes Oxfam-Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan, CARE, and Save the Children.

"On behalf of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund, I would like to thank all USW members and Steelworkers' locals that contribute to the Fund. Their contributions allow us to respond quickly to emergencies such as these," said Neumann.

"We urge individual Steelworkers to also contribute through www.oxfam.ca. These contributions will be matched by the Government of Canada up to December 9th."

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 it also supports Canadian communities in crisis. Steelworkers 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:

Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada, 416-544-5951
Doug Olthuis, Executive Director, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5957, dolthuis@usw.ca


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