BURNABY, B.C., 24 January, 2012 – The United Steelworkers (USW) announced today the launch of a fundraising campaign and the creation of a trust account to provide support to the workers of Babine Forest Products and their families in the wake of an explosion at the Burns Lake, B.C. sawmill.
“Since the tragedy at Babine Forest Products, we have been inundated with offers of support and assistance from other unions and union members all over the province and right across the country. The labour movement is a family, and union members join all British Columbians in mourning the loss of life and injuries to our brothers and sisters in Burns Lake,” says Steve Hunt, USW Director for Western Canada.
Already the labour movement has responded with a donation of $10,000 being made by CUPE BC.
“At the very heart of the labour movement is the notion of solidarity. Simply put, it means that when you’re a union member, you’ll never walk alone. And we are sending that message to the workers at Babine Forest Products, to their families and to the community of Burns Lake; we will stand with you, we will support you and you will not have to face this alone,” Hunt says.
There are several ways to make a donation payable to the “USW Burns Lake Fund”.
To donate in person in Saskatchewan by mail:
Community Savings Credit Union, 5108 Joyce Street, Vancouver, B.C. V5R 4H1
USW District 3 Office, #300-3920 Norland Avenue, Burnaby, B.C. V5G 4K7