WNY Labor Cares! - WNY Labor Federation, NYSUT & The United Way Partner To Ask Area Unions To Make Contributions To FeedMore WNY That Will Help Negatively Impacted Union Members, Their Families & Their Neighbors
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF), the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County have kicked off a three-month-long campaign - asking the region’s Unions to make contributions to non-profit FeedMore WNY in light of so many Workers, their families and neighbors having such a hard economic time during the continuing Coronavirus Pandemic.
In a released statement, Union Leadership said: We know many Union Members and Workers in our community that are out of work and struggling to make ends meet during this very difficult time. The economic predictions for early 2021 will add to that stress. To get through this horrible period of hunger and despair in our community we ask you to join us in the WNY Labor Cares! Campaign and make a local Union contribution, personal contribution and share the campaign with your colleagues, friends and family.
FeedMore WNY is the non-profit organization formed by the merger of the Food Bank of Western New York and Meals on Wheels of Western New York.
“The Western New York Area Labor Federation ‘is honored to participate in this food drive in order to address the very serious problems of hunger that have been created by the pandemic,’” WNYALF President Richard Lipsitz tells WNYLaborToday.com. “(For the next three months, Organized Labor is) ‘asking all of our Member Unions and Friends of Labor to contribute to this cause so food can be provided to for those who are most in need.’”
The WNYALF has 140 affiliated Member Unions that combine to represent 145,000 Union Workers in the Public and Private Sectors and the Building Trades.
“We ‘have so many throughout the Labor Movement who are not working, who are very proud people and need help.’ ‘So anything we can do and should do - we will,’” Denise Szymura, who serves as President of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local 815 and is the WNYALF’s Executive Vice President. “And it’s ‘not only in our’ Labor Movement. ‘It’s heartbreaking, but there are so many other Workers and their families who need help.’ ‘We have to take care of our own.’”
An on-line web page has been set up for Western New York Unions and their Members to make contributions by using either a credit card or electronic check: www.justgiving.com/campaign/WNYLaborCares
And for those Unions and their Members who prefer to instead mail a check, they can do so by sending it to: WNY Labor Cares, 270 Essjay Road, Williamsville, New York - 14221.
Checks should be made payable to: FeedMore WNY.
On another front, any Union Member who is having a hard time making ends meet and putting food on the table due to a pro-longed layoff, furlough or job cut, the WNYALF asks you contact United Way of Buffalo and Erie County Labor Liaison Chrissy Cassata via e-mail at: email@example.com to arrange support.