Steelworkers Humanity Fund Contributes $15,000 to Assist Bangladesh Garment Workers

Steelworkers Humanity Fund Contributes $15,000 to Assist Bangladesh Garment 
Workers 
TORONTO, May 7, 2013 /CNW/ - "The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing 
$15,000 in emergency aid for garment workers and their families affected by 
the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh," Ken 
Neumann, United Steelworkers (USW) National Director, announced today. 
"This humanitarian relief will not remove the need for the Western apparel 
brands, local employers and the Bangladeshi government to provide compensation 
to the 2,500 injured workers and the families of more than 600 workers who 
were killed in the April 24 disaster," said Neumann. 
On May 1, the United Steelworkers joined with other Canadian trade unions and 
advocacy groups, including the Maquila Solidarity Network, in urging Galen 
Weston, Executive Chairman of Loblaw - owner of Joe Fresh brand - to negotiate 
fair compensation for workers and to take immediate steps to ensure 
preventable tragedies such as this do not occur in the future. 
The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is a registered charitable organization that 
focuses primarily on development projects and emergency aid in developing 
countries, but also supports Canadian communities in crisis. Steelworkers 
union members contribute to the fund through clauses negotiated into 
collective agreements. In some cases, matching contributions come from 
employers. 
Contacts: 
Ken Neumann, USW National Director, 416-544-5951 Bob Gallagher, USW 
Communications,416-544-5996, 416-434-2221,bgallagher@usw.ca Doug Olthuis, 
Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5957,dolthuis@usw.ca 
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW) 
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ST: Ontario
NI: LABOR  
-0- May/07/2013 13:00 GMT
 
 
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