By TIM ROWDEN
Simmons Hanly Conroy, the largest plaintiff’s personal injury firm in the St. Louis area, is again offering to match $25,000 in donations to the “$5 for the Fight” fund to help union families in times of need.
Since 2012, the firm’s match challenge has raised more than $175,000 for the “$5 for the Fight” emergency relief fund, established by the Greater St. Louis Labor Council and supported by the United Way.
COMMITTED TO HELPING UNION FAMILIES
“Our attorneys are committed to helping union families who have been impacted by corporate wrongdoing,” said Simmons Hanly Conroy partner Chris Guinn.
“Union tradesmen and women 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 a way for us to continue our dedication to union families both in and out of the courtroom.”
The “$5 for the Fight” fund, established in 1996, helps union members and their families facing financial hardships.
In 2016, the Fight Fund helped 291 families from 61 different unions pay their mortgages, utilities, medical bills and other expenses as a result of last year’s fundraising efforts, which raised just over $75,000 including contributions from union members and other local funds and charities.
“The Simmons law firm once again has shown its loyalty to the labor community with this generous donation,” said Pat White, president of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council. “This fund is set up to help union members in need and is funded mainly by other union members. To have a friend in the business community such as Simmons is a blessing for all of us.”
The Labor Council and United Way of Greater St. Louis cover administration costs for the Fight Fund, allowing all donations to directly benefit local union families in the Greater St. Louis area. Guinn said he hopes the Simmons match campaign will motivate others to give.
HOW TO DONATE
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 www.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.
CATEGORIES OF GIVING
There are nine categories of giving, which will be recognized in the Honor Roll published in the Labor Tribune over the course of the campaign:
• Apprentice – $1 to $12/George Washington Honor Roll
• Journeyman – $13-50/Andrew Jackson Honor Roll
• Steward – $51-$99/Ulysses S. Grant Honor Roll
• Chief Steward – $100 +/Ben Franklin Honor Roll
• Job Foreman – $500+/William McKinley Honor Roll
• General Foreman – $1,000+/Grover Cleveland Honor Roll
• Major Donors – $2,500+
• In Memoriam – to honor a loved one, friend or fellow union member.
If your gift moves you from one category to another, your name will automatically move into the appropriate category on the Honor Roll.
ABOUT SIMMMONS HANLY CONROY
Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC is one of the nation’s largest mass tort law firms and has recovered more than $5 billion in verdicts and settlements for plaintiffs in asbestos and mesothelioma, pharmaceutical, consumer protection, environmental and personal injury cases. The firm’s attorneys have been appointed to leadership in numerous national multidistrict litigations, including Vioxx, Yaz and Toyota Unintended Acceleration.
Simmons Hanly Conroy also represents small and mid-size corporations, inventors and entrepreneurs in matters involving business litigation. Its offices are located in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Alton, IL. For more information, visit simmonsfirm.com.