Members Raise Money to Buy PPE for Essential Workers

This summer, the District 4 Next Generation committee saw a growing need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers in parts of the district that were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In July, the committee launched a fundraising drive by selling T-shirts with the message “Of Course I’m Essential – I’m Union.” With the help of other USW members across the country, the committee raised more than $28,700.

Those proceeds were used to purchase more than 700 reusable protective gowns.

USW-represented registered nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey pose with USW staff representative Joe Arico and District 4 Next Gen Coordinator Brian Callow.

USW members Theresa Jellison and Trey Wilkins of Local 1000 in Corning, N.Y., show off their T-shirts.

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