All of us have been shocked and deeply saddened at the widespread devastation caused by the recent rash of tornadoes and massive flooding throughout the United States. Hundreds of our members and their families live and work in these areas and many have been severely impacted. We know that family members have been lost, many homes have been completely destroyed and others significantly damaged.
When hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the lives of our sisters and brothers across Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi we stepped up to support them. Our sisters and brothers whose lives have been shattered by the recent outbreak of tornadoes and floods need us now.
The financial, economic and emotional toll is tremendous. Our members' needs are short-term (temporary shelter, food, supplies, clothing, etc.) and longer term (home repairs, rebuilding, etc.). Their needs are enormous!
The Steelworkers Charitable and Education Organization has authorized contributions of $10,000.00 to start. It is anticipated that the Steelworkers Humanity Fund in Canada will also contribute as it did in the hurricanes Katrina and Rita disasters.
We know that most of you and your locals will want to help and expect that many of your members will as well. We strongly urge you to set up gate collections to raise funds and/or make direct contributions from your local union. Your contributions can be forwarded to the Steelworkers Charitable and Educational Organization, our non-profit charitable organization. The monies contributed will be allocated to providing assistance to our members most harmed.
When you make out your check, please be sure to designate that it is for disaster relief. Make checks payable to the Steelworkers Charitable and Educational Organization and mail to:
Five Gateway Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
For individuals, please note that the United Steelworkers Charitable and Education Organization is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are tax deductible.
This is a terrible tragedy but tragedies bring out the best in human nature and most especially in the hearts of trade unionists. Think of the plight of your brothers and sisters and give generously.