January 18, 2010
CAW National Council 4000 and its five Regional Locals donate to Haiti earthquake relief fund

CAW National Council 4000 and its five Regional Local Unions across Canada are showing their Solidarity to the people of Haiti by
donating to the relief fund for the urgent aid that is required following the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday
afternoon, January 12, 2010.  The centre of the earthquake was in the capital city, Port-au-Prince, which has left the city in ruins.  

“Its heart wrenching to see what the people of Haiti are going through, one of the poorest nations in the western hemisphere,”
said Barry Kennedy, President of CAW National Council 4000.  “Canadian Unions always step in to help those in need and in this
case, the people of Haiti need our solidarity and our help at this tragic time.  Our leadership has responded to the call.”

Council 4000 and its five Regional Locals (Locals 4001, 4002, 4003, 4004 and 4005) will make a donation through the CAW’s Social
Justice Haiti Relief Fund.

CAW National President Ken Lewenza issued an urgent call to all CAW Locals and staff to donate to the fund which was set up on
January 13th following the Haiti earthquake.  The CAW National Office will match donations from CAW Locals up to $25,000.  

"We want to express our profound condolences to those affected and their families," wrote Lewenza in a call letter to CAW Locals.  
"We pledge to help those in Haiti who are in need."

The union is striving to raise $250,000 with the hope of triggering maximum contributory funds from the federal government.

Also, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) in conjunction with the Canadian Red Cross, are working to provide a way for union
members to make a donation that is matched by the federal government’s pledge to match individual donations dollar for dollar.

If you would like to make an online donation through the Canadian Red Cross-CLC, click on this link.    
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