Steelworkers Local 1899, SOAR, WOS raise $9.5K for member’s grandson injured on the job

TO AID IN HIS RECOVERY EFFORTS, members of the USW District 7 Women of Steel (WOS) Committee present Jordan Ayers (seated) with a $9,500 donation after he became paralyzed last year in an on-the-job injury. Ayers is the grandson of SOAR Chapter 7-34-2’s Dennis Warren. On hand for the March 21 donation are members of the WOS Committee (from left) Rhonda Krekovich, Lisa Kalert, Katie Peppers, Tiffeny Crawford, Melissa Freeman and Maggie Jackson – Steelworkers Local 1899 photo

Granite City, IL –  When Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) Chapter 7-34-2’s Dennis Warren’s grandson suffered a workplace injury last year resulting in paralysis, Steelworkers Local 1899 knew it had to help.

SOAR, along with the USW District 7 Women of Steel Committee, immediately began a collection for 18-year-old Jordan Ayers and planned a trivia night for January. The collection and trivia night raised $9,500.

“Thank you to all who helped USW SOAR Chapter 7-34-2 and USW Women of Steel District 7 Women of Steel Sub 2, Local 1899 President Dan Simmons and the long list of businesses and individuals throughout the community who donated money and other donations,” the union wrote on Facebook. “We can’t thank you enough.”

The WOS Committee presented Ayers and his family with the donation at the Granite City Labor Temple on March 21.

“Thanks to the Local 1899 Women of Steel Committee for all of your work,” Warren shared on Facebook. “You rock!”

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