By ED FINKELSTEIN
UnitedHealthcare last week donated $20,000 to the Missouri AFL-CIO’s Working Families Relief Fund.
“This is a vital solidarity effort to support our brothers and sisters in need,” said Missouri AFL-CIO President Jake Hummel, “And we deeply appreciate United Healthcare’s support on behalf of our working families.”
In making the donation, UnitedHealthcare of Missouri CEO Pat Quinn said, “We will continue to engage in these efforts to support the health and well-being of Missouri workers, from front-line workers like UFCW grocery store and meat processing plant members to all other trades.”
HELPING UNION FAMILIES
Working Families Relief Fund has provided help to almost 50 union families directly impacted by recent natural disasters. Half of this donation will go to UFCW members in support of their front-line workers who have had to bear the brunt of serving the public.
Local 655 President David Cook played a key role working with United Healthcare to make this possible. “I was happy to be able to work with them and the state council to obtain needed funds both for our members’ support as well as other union families.”
TWO HELP FUNDS
There are two funds to which you can contribute to help working families:
- MO AFL-CIO Working Families Relief Fund: Mail a check or money order to “Missouri Working Families Relief Fund,” c/o Missouri AFL-CIO, Attn: Working Families Relief Fund, 131 East High St., Jefferson City, MO 65101, or donate online at actionnetwork.org/fundraising/working-families-relief-fund.
- St. Louis Labor Council $5 for Fight Fund: 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 in the memo line. You can also donate online at labortribune.com/5-for-the-fight.
TO GET HELP
If you need help, here’s how to get it:
- MO AFL-CIO Working Families Relief Fund – Send a request to your local union, which in turn will forward it to Matt Troesser at the Missouri AFL-CIO. For more information call Matt at 573-634-2115, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- $5 for the Fight Fund – Call the Labor Participation Department at United Way and leaves a message on the Labor Assistance Line at 314-539-4189. They will verify requests and once approved, the $5 Fund will issue checks directly to creditors and service providers.