One of the most important aspects of being a union member is solidarity. When one member is in trouble, they have their brothers and sisters to stand by them and support them.
This crosses over the boundaries of locals, unions and countries. A recent example of this is the financial support Teamsters Canada has given towards the Teamsters Disaster Relief fund.
Canadian Teamster local unions and joint councils, along with Teamsters Canada, have raised over $100,000 for the Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund. The donation comes in response to three back-to- back hurricanes that hit the United States in less than a month.
Hurricane Harvey hit first displacing over 30,000 people and killing at least 75. Irma was next causing over $60 billion in damages and killing 130. And finally there was Maria, that has killed at least 68 people and has left Puerto Rico with catastrophic damage.
“As Teamsters, we have a duty to assist our sisters and brothers in their time of need. The level of devastation from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria demands action,” stated François Laporte, President of Teamsters Canada.
He pointed out that borders will not stop ‘Teamsters from helping Teamsters’ and thanked all Canadian local unions for taking part in the fundraising.
The Teamsters down south have also recently teamed up with the AFL-CIO to recruit truckers to travel to Puerto Rico and help distribute a stockpile of relief supplies.
According to CNN, there are shipping containers full of supplies such as food, water and medicine that are sitting unused do to a lack of truckers and fuel.
The Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund is a charity developed in 1991 to assist Teamster members who suffered a loss from a natural disaster. The fund proved to be a key tool to support members in times of crisis like the Gulf Coast for Hurricane Katrina, the East Coast for Hurricane Sandy and countless other natural disasters.
If you would like to help those who have been devastated by these hurricanes, visit tdr.teamster.org to donate to the Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund.