Several hundred boys, girls, tweens, teens and toddlers whose parents are out of work found the holiday spirit of giving is alive and well in Portland, Ore. Last week the Northwest Oregon Labor Council and Labor’s Community Service Agency (LCSA) held their annual “Presents from Partners” holiday party for children of out-of-work union members.
Jon Israel, a Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) member, didn’t plan on falling off the roof of a house he was working on in Barrington, R.I. a few weeks ago. He also didn’t plan on the local labor movement organizing a holiday fundraiser to help his family get through his recovery from the serious injuries he sustained from the fall.
Yet there is a long history in the labor movement of stepping up community service during the holiday season. In Rhode Island, local labor unions are starting early with the holiday cheer this year. In addition to the fundraiser for Jon Israel, union members in Rhode Island are organizing a wide variety of community service opportunities.
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the United Way and, in a floor statement (see video) honoring the occasion, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) notes that the “success and strength” of the partnership “between the United Way and America’s workers cannot be overstated.”
AFL-CIO Community Services Director Will Fischer sends us this report.
Until a fire tore through the facility late last week, Janesville Acoustics was one of the world’s largest producers of acoustical and thermal fiber insulation, and a leading producer of automotive decorative trim and molded fiber products. It took 62 fire fighters and 26 pieces of equipment to battle the massive blaze.
AFL-CIO Community Services liaison Michael Smith helped out with this event and sends us this report.
More than 400 families received free food in Bedford, Mich., over the weekend as part of an event coordinated by the Monroe-Lenawee AFL-CIO, the Monroe County United Way and the Monroe County Opportunity Program.
John Padget, AFL-CIO Community Services liaison with the Black Hawk Union Council, sends us this report.
The Black Hawk County UAW Local 838 Community Services Committee in Waterloo, Iowa, knows how important it is to be prepared when nature strikes in the Midwest. In June, Lee Bedore, Bryan Cue and I put on a class for UAW members in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).