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Unions Are Giving Back This Thanksgiving (and Every Thanksgiving)

Unions spending time giving back to their communities

by Liz Iacobucci for the NH Labor News

The “union-avoidance” industry isn’t taking the election results lying down.  The Andrew Breitbarts of the world are already busy spinning the Hostess Brands liquidation and Wednesday’s planned protest in Los Angeles.  (If you’re wondering: there may be delays on surface streets around LAX – but the protest is not expected to impact any air travel.)

In these days leading up to Thanksgiving, you’re probably going to hear a lot of other anti-union stories in the media.  (The union-busters have a lot of money to spend on PR.)

What you’re probably not going to hear is how union members nationwide are celebrating the holiday.  A quick sampling:

  • In Palm Beach, Florida, labor unions are part of “The Big Heart Brigade”.  Last Thanksgiving, the Brigade fed 100,000 people – and they are hoping to feed even more, this year.   “Several local unions have already donated time and funds to help, including Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA) Local 630, Ironworkers Local 402, Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 728, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 3181 and Machinists (IAM) Local 971.”
  • Feed The Community Day

    Near Los Angeles, ILWU Local 13 is holding their 15th annual “Feed the Community Day”.  They will be distributing 1,500 turkey baskets with all the trimmings to help feed low-income families in surrounding communities.

  • Throughout the country, IAFF Locals are giving coats to kids through “Operation Warm”. IAFF Local 157 is distributing more than 2,000 coats to needy children in Oklahoma City, OK.  IAFF Local 215 is giving away almost 1,000 coats in Milwaukee, WI.  In New Jersey, IAFF Local 2657 is donating 350 coats.  In Pennsylvania, IAFF Local 10 plans to give a new coat to every single child who attends George Washington Elementary School, after firefighters noticed that most students didn’t have anything warmer than a hooded sweatshirt (87% of the school’s families live at or below the poverty line).
  • And of course, Hurricane Sandy relief efforts will continue through the holiday.  Nationwide, union members are contributing to various Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds.  Union members in the hardest-hit areas will continue to do what they have been doing for weeks: cleaning up, fixing up, and taking care of the people around them.

This Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for our union brothers and sisters.  Our union family is not just standing behind us in our workplaces – unions are giving back to our communities, making things better for families in need.

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Jack W November 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Yes 35k is too much. Don’t forget free FAMILY medical and drug benefits. Healy is the most ill informed poster on Patch. Gee ya think he does it on purpose.
Harry Obnrian December 01, 2012 at 04:15 PM
"the family" oh please, give me a break. Unions were conceived and created by progressives aka communists and communists care nothing about family values. Your own political administration is owned by the unions and look at the perverted family values they portray,... abortion, death panels, adultery, corruption, murder?? ya some family values...
Harry Obnrian December 01, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Yes, listen to your neighbors, 80% of them have been shipped in from socialist states given local or state union jobs and infested NH quite efficiently, so listen to them so they can convert you as well.
Harry Obnrian December 01, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Yes gladly an income tax as long as my property taxes are cut in half and school appropriations aka union appropriations are cut in half.
Harry Obnrian December 01, 2012 at 04:23 PM
You're right because many of these big corporations union zealots talk about don't have union labor anymore. The majority of unions are governmental, which speaks volumes for the cause of getting rid of them.

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