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,"
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:
Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada, 416-544-5951
Doug Olthuis, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5957, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5996, 416-434-2221, email@example.com