BURNABY, B.C., Jan. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW)
announced today the launch of a fundraising campaign and the creation
of a trust account to provide support to the workers of Babine Forest
Products and their families in the wake of an explosion at the Burns
Lake, B.C. sawmill.
"Since the tragedy at Babine Forest Products, we have been inundated
with offers of support and assistance from other unions and union
members all over the province and right across the country. The labour
movement is a family, and union members join all British Columbians in
mourning the loss of life and injuries to our brothers and sisters in
Burns Lake," says Steve Hunt, USW Director for Western Canada.
Already the labour movement has responded with a donation of $10,000
being made by CUPE BC.
"At the very heart of the labour movement is the notion of solidarity.
Simply put, it means that when you're a union member, you'll never
walk alone. And we are sending that message to the workers at Babine
Forest Products, to their families and to the community of Burns Lake;
we will stand with you, we will support you and you will not have to
face this alone," Hunt says.
There are several ways to make a donation payable to the "USW Burns Lake
To donate in person:
Attend any branch of Community Savings Credit Union:
5108 Joyce Street, Vancouver B.C.
1188 8th Avenue, New Westminster, B.C.
#900-7380 King George Blvd, Surrey, B.C.
#100-1125 Nicola Avenue, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
#205-4333 Ledger Avenue, Burnaby, B.C.
#103-2750 Quadra Street, Victoria, B.C.
Drop off a sealed envelope containing your cheque at any B.C. credit
union addressed to:
Community Savings Credit Union, 5108 Joyce Street, Vancouver
B.C. V5R 4H1, Transit #11740
To donate by mail:
Community Savings Credit Union, 5108 Joyce Street, Vancouver, B.C. V5R 4H1
USW District 3 Office, #300-3920 Norland Avenue, Burnaby, B.C. V5G 4K7
"We are grateful for the support of unions and their members during this
difficult time. With your help and support, we'll ensure that our
union brothers and sisters in Burns Lake can begin to rebuild the lives
they have so proudly made for themselves and one another," says Hunt.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Steve Hunt, Director 604-816-2554
Brad West, USW Communications 604-313-9185