Unifor donates $100,000 to BC fire relief efforts

TORONTO, July 12, 2017 /CNW/ - Unifor is responding to the wildfire crisis in BC's Interior with a $100,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross, and is encouraging its local unions and members to give.

"Unifor members have been following the devastation caused by the fires very closely and we feel compelled to act," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "We encourage Unifor members and all Canadians to make a donation to the Red Cross so that the affected families can rebuild and recover."

Unifor has several hundred members spread out across the affected area, including 100 Mile House, 150 Mile House, Dog Creek, Lac La Hache, Quesnel, Soda Creek, Wildwood, and Williams Lake.

Unifor's initial donation of $100,000 could grow if the fires continue to spread and displace more communities.

"I don't think anyone has a complete picture yet of the fallout from the fires, so we'll be listening to our members in the area and working closely with the Red Cross to ensure that we are doing everything we can to support these communities," said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director.

Donations can be made online at www.redcross.ca/donate

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.


For further information: please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).

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