TWU HURRICANE RELIEF: AIRLIFTING SUPPLIES TO OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN PUERTO RICO
When you’re in a union, you’re never alone. The TWU family shows up for each other when our brothers and sisters are in need, and right now, members in Puerto Rico need our help.
So we’re ready to answer the call. After raising hundreds of thousands of dollars online for hurricane relief and even more in-person at the TWU International Convention, members and officers sprang into action to address the immediate need on the island. Last weekend, International President John Samuelsen, along with leadership and members from locals 234, 229, 504, 501, and the TWU Veterans Committee rounded up and shipped more than $40,000 worth of goods to our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico, who are still recovering after Hurricane Maria ravaged the area.
Together, we shipped shelf stable food, sanitary supplies, batteries, and hygiene items to TWU members on the ground. President Samuelsen said he tried to decide what his family would need if they were stuck in dire conditions, and go from there. The team ended up having so many supplies, they had to contact American Airlines to get an additional passenger van – on top of the 20 foot U-Haul truck they had already filled.
The supplies are being air-dropped and should arrive sometime this afternoon, where they’ll be set aside by the Local 501 and Veterans Committee members on the island, and shared with TWU, CWA, and AA employees at the airport.