From the Philadelphis region all the way up to New England, America's Building Trades Unions are doing what they can to help and assist the victims of Hurrican Sandy. BCTD President Sean McGarvey has sent letters to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg offering whatever assistance we can provide in their on-going clean-up and re-building efforts. Our state and local building trades councils in those areas have also sent similar letters.
Many local unions are mobilizing relief efforts. For example, members of IUPAT Local 252 and their families have been visiting shelters in hard-hit Jersey shore communities and providing aid and assistance. This weekend, November 10-11, Local 252 is conducting a drive to collect items such as diapers, baby formula, water, medicine (i.e. Tylenol, Advil, etc.), batteries, blankets, clothes, etc.
Many of our own trades people were affectef by this terrible tragedy, so there is an additional incentive for action. However, as we have shown time and time again, the men and women who comprise our great unions will always be aomng the first to lend a hand and assist any of our fellow Americans in time of tragedy and need, no matter who they are, or where they live.