New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech and New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan send us this update on Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.
The UAW in Atlantic City has thousands of members who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In addition to sustaining major property losses, our brothers and sisters have had their hours cut because of the devastation to the casino industry. The critical message to our members is that they are not in this alone. Various recovery resources are available, and we will do everything to get them the help they need as soon as possible.
A meeting was held [Nov. 26] with the UAW and a FEMA representative to respond to members’ needs. Scott Adams, UAW 9 regional director, stated, “The labor movement is doing everything to ensure that our brothers and sisters understand and utilize the resources available to them as we rebuild from the storm. Our members remain strong and steadfast despite incredible hardship. With the support of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and our labor movement we will rebuild stronger and safer communities no matter what it takes—no matter how long it takes.”
We are proud of all the unions, which are working to support their members and the community during these dismal times. For example, UNITE HERE Local 54—whose members lost working hours and were devastated by the storm—provided its members and the community with initial relief and access to available services such as unemployment benefits. UNITE HERE Local 54 President Bob McDevitt stated, “We are committed to providing vital and sustained support for our members and the communities in which they live. Working together, we will move forward and achieve a brighter future for our state.”
Disaster assistance may sometimes cover damages that insurance doesn’t. That is why individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy are urged to apply for assistance even if they have insurance. Apply for FEMA assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). For more information on filing an insurance claim, make sure to check out the Sandy Recovery Toolkit at www.njaflcio.org.
Make a donation through United Way to help with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.