In the face of adversity teamsters all across North America have come together to support not only their brothers and sisters, but more importantly the communities they build their lives and raise their families in. Our members not only donate financially but also their time to work alongside other volunteers in order to help rebuild lives and communities in need.
In the wake of tragedy, if even a modicum of solace can be found in the kindness of others and the support of a community coming together, our members have shown that they will be there to help in any way they can. While they would never ask for it, we wanted to take the time to recognize and thank these amazing people.
Boston Marathon Bombing
On April 15th, 2013 two blasts shook the city, killing three runners and injuring hundreds of people. One of those whose life was tragically lost was 29 year old Krystle Campbell. Along with the grief this family was going through, they had to cope with threats of a protest by Westboro Baptist Church, a radical church group who claimed this to be “God’s wrath” due to President Obama supporting same sex marriage.
Teamsters from local 25, who represent over 11,000 working men and women in the Boston area, quickly organized their off duty members to form a “Human Shield” that would block the Westboro Baptist Church from protesting the funeral.
“It’s the right thing to do. The family deserves a peaceful grieving process that’s free from any coward-led group.”
– President/Principle Officer Sean O’Brien Local 25
— Crystal Haynes (@crystalhaynes) April 22, 2013
In August 2005 hurricane Katrina hit land with all its fury, causing one of the most devastating natural disasters in U.S. history. The flood waters almost overtook the entire city of New Orleans killing thousands. Teamsters all over the U.S. and Canada hurried to their aide, delivering much needed supplies to the victims. Local 362 even drove our own Kenworth down from Alberta full of donated relief supplies. Teamsters also created the “Adopt a Family” program which matched families with union locals in their area to help them with resources and guidance to rebuild their lives.
In June of 2013 southern Alberta experienced the worst flood in the history of the province. The flood ravaged cities and towns, demolishing homes, businesses and wreaked havoc on families and communities, with an estimated cost of 6 billion dollars in damage.
The devastation was immeasurable, more than 100,000 residents were displaced and in need of assistance. Homes, possessions, pets, and lives were lost to this tragic disaster. The efforts of first responders and volunteers coming together to rebuild the community will never be forgotten. The Teamsters Joint Council 90 raised $105,625.00 that went to the Calgary Foundation Flood Fund while Local 362 donated $10,000.00 to the Building Trades of Alberta which, along with the efforts of the other trade union locals within the Building Trades of Alberta, raised over $240,000.00 for the Red Cross Alberta Flood Relief efforts.
“You have to be united to be strong”, not only as a teamster but as a member of the community!