Saskatchewan CUPE members donate over $24,000 for Fort McMurray disaster relief

Firefighter putting out flames in forrest near Fort McMurray, Alberta

Firefighter putting out flames in forest near Fort McMurray, Alberta

CUPE Saskatchewan, the CUPE Health Care Council, and individual locals and members across Saskatchewan have collectively donated more than $24,000 to the CUPE National Disaster Relief Fund – Wildfires in Northern Alberta.

In addition to donations from CUPE Saskatchewan and the Health Care Council, we would like to recognize the following Saskatchewan locals and delegates for their generous contributions:

Local 3730: $250.00
Local 3761: $1,000.00
Local 4828: $100.00
Local 4980: $2,109.00
Local 4777: $500.00
Delegates at the 2016 CUPE Health Care Council conference: $1,464.00
+Local 5999 donation of: $500.00

With the Division and Health Care Council matching donations at the recent Health Care Council conference in Yorkton, total donations amount to more than $24,000.

Among the approximately 90,000 displaced residents of Fort McMurray were thousands of CUPE members and their families. They work in elementary and secondary schools, municipalities, recreation programs, at the airport and in social service organizations.

“We saw the devastation from northern fires firsthand in Saskatchewan last year, with 10,000 people evacuated in the north,” says CUPE Saskatchewan President Tom Graham. “It’s important for communities to come together and reach out to ensure everyone’s needs are met.”

Donations to the CUPE National Disaster Relief Fund go directly to the affected communities. CUPE locals and members in Saskatchewan are encouraged to donate  up until May 31, 2016. Within Saskatchewan, donations can be sent c/o of the CUPE Saskatchewan Division:

CUPE Saskatchewan
3725 E Eastgate Drive
Regina, SK
S4Z 1A5