TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2017 /CNW/ - The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing $196,850 to 106 food banks and community food centres across Canada.
"The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is proud to contribute to food banks and community food centres in communities across Canada where our union's members live and work. The Humanity Fund supports organizations that assist those experiencing poverty and vulnerable members in our communities who rely on these services to make ends meet," said Ken Neumann, President of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund.
"Members of the United Steelworkers union are reliable partners in our communities. In addition to raising money and making donations, our members are making connections and building community through volunteer work with charities, food banks and other organizations making a difference for those who are struggling," added Neumann.
"In a country as prosperous as Canada, it is shameful that poverty and inequality are increasing. Steelworkers know that beyond our charitable work, we must continue to demand that governments address the underlying causes of poverty and inequality. We call for a national anti-poverty strategy that sees the elimination of poverty as a human rights issue and we support federal and provincial campaigns for fair minimum wages."
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 also supports Canadian communities in crisis. USW members contribute to the fund through clauses negotiated into collective agreements. In some cases employers make matching contributions to the fund.
SOURCE Steelworkers Humanity Fund
For further information: Ken Neumann, President, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5951; Doug Olthuis, Executive Director, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-859-9953, [email protected]; Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434 2221, [email protected]