While John Boehner and his allies in the U.S.House of Representatives play politics with aid to families whose lives were shattered by Superstorm Sandy, numerous unions have stepped up to provide money and supplies to those in need. Here are a few examples of how unions are helping families recover from the storm's devastation.
Transport Workers (TWU) union has been busy since the storm first hit. After relieving flood waters that filled New York's subway system, TWU Local 100 and TWU Local 234 joined forces to gather and distribute supplies to help in recovery efforts. They have provided meals, winter clothes, toys and baby clothes, cleaning supplies and anything else that was destroyed in the storm's path. Watch the video in the post to see TWU in action.
The Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) offers grants from the Finishing Industries Disaster Relief Fund (FIDR) and they have since distributed more than $60,000 from the fund. IUPAT General President James Williams said:
This is yet one more example of how unions and the labor movement can make a profound difference in the lives of our members and our communities. It’s inspiring to see how we can come together to take care of our brothers and sisters even though we all remain frustrated with a Congress that seems to forget who they’re working for on Capitol Hill.