I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to the number of local unions who have recently contributed to the IBEW Unity Fund/Hurricane Disaster Fund, in response to IP Stephenson’s letter of September 8, 2017. And I especially want to thank those of you who made personal contributions.
As you know the IBEW Unity Fund was originally established to assist local unions who were under political attack which threatened the existence of organized labor. As witnessed by our Brothers & Sisters in Wisconsin. Since its origination we have also used the IBEW Unity Fund to assist members effected by the recent rash of natural disasters; Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Irma and now Maria. Our members have also been effected by the wildfires of northern California. In all, we currently have approximately 20,000 members in need of assistance.
I would ask those local unions that have not contributed to the IBEW Unity Fund to consider contributing now. For it is better to give than receive.
I thank you in advance for your consideration.
David J. Ruhmkorff
International Vice President
Sixth District IBEW