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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org