By TIM ROWDEN
Simmons Hanly Conroy, the largest plaintiff’s personal injury firm in the St. Louis area, has donated $25,000 to the St. Louis Labor Council’s “$5 for the Fight” emergency relief fund to help union members in need, and is again offering another $25,000 after the first of the year if union members can match a $25,000 fund raising goal.
Simmons actually made this year’s donation in July – at the height of the fight to defeat Prop A (“right-to-work”) in Missouri. The symbolic presentation of the oversized check took place last week at the St. Louis Labor Council offices in Bridgeton.
Simmons has donated more $150,000 to the Fight Fund over the past six years.
“We wouldn’t be able to sustain the ‘$5 for the Fight’ Fund if it wasn’t for our partners outside the Labor Council like our friends at Simmons Hanly Conroy,” St. Louis Labor Council President Pat White said, noting that the hard work and expense of defeating Prop A in August made it hard to go back to unions and union members this year asking for additional contributions.
“With the holidays and cold weather coming, there’s going to be a need for this money,” White said.
‘COMMITTED TO HELPING UNION FAMILIES’
“We’re happy to help,” said Simmons Hanly Conroy attorney Chris Guinn. “Our attorneys are committed to helping union families and union tradesmen and women who are more likely to be exposed to toxins like asbestos on the job just by the nature of their professions. The Simmons match challenge is one way for us to continue our dedication to union families both in and out of the courtroom.”
Simmons is also taking a leading role in litigation emerging from the opioid addiction crisis.
Donations to the “$5 for the Fight” Fund can be made by check or online.
• Mail a check or money order to “$5 for the Fight,” c/o St. Louis Labor Council, 3301 Hollenberg Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044. Please include your union affiliation.
• To make an online donation, visit labortribune.com and click “$5 for the Fight” Donations in the right-hand column. An option to create a reoccurring automated donation is also available.
One-hundred percent of each donation goes to “Fight Fund.” Efforts to promote and service the Fund are donated by the Labor Council, United Way and the Labor Tribune.