Support for Food Banks and Women's Shelters

December 10, 2012, 2:30 PM EST


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CAW Council delegates endorsed donations to support 46 food banks across Canada in December and for 50 women's shelters across Canada in March.

CAW Council and the Social Justice Fund will donate $165,000 to support the 46 food banks this month, while CAW Council and the Social Justice Fund will make an annual donation of $100,000 to 50 women's shelters.

CAW President Ken Lewenza said on top of these donations CAW local unions across the country are having workplace gate collections, and fundraisers to provide gifts during the holidays for families who cannot afford to buy them.

He urged delegates to provide whatever support they could to those who have been "left behind by the economic system."

"Can you imagine in 2013, when the corporate community has $600 billion in cash in their bank accounts, that trade union leaders have to throw a couple of bucks in a basket, or go and adopt a family or provide food for those that can't provide it for themselves," Lewenza asked. "Then this same corporate sector is asking for tax breaks again."

"They say they are saving money in the interests of jobs. It's not in the interests of jobs. It's not in the interests of our nation."

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