The following post appeared on the AFL-CIO Blog on September 9, 2011. View original post.
Bud Biscardo from United Way Worldwide reports on the kickoff of the 2011 United Way campaign.
Across the country, the AFL-CIO Community Services Network is kicking off the 2011 United Way campaign with union-sponsored events—rallies, golf outings, kickoff lunches and dinners. All these events have one goal: to show union members’ strong support for United Way.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says the partnership between the AFL-CIO and United Way provides a valuable service:
At a time when working families across this country are facing a job crisis and unprecedented hardship, our partnership with United Way is more valued that ever. Workers and their communities are hurting and the services of United Way are vital to the very survival of so many. The vision of “Live United” could not be more appropriate for these times.
For nearly six decades, the union movement and United Way have worked together to make our communities better places to live, work and raise families. The annual fundraising campaign allows United Way to provide vital services to people in need across the country. Union volunteers play a key role in seeing that the charitable dollars raised are put to the best use possible.
Brian Gallagher, CEO of United Way Worldwide, adds:
The labor movement and United Way movement have a long history of partnership and dedication to community. We not only have a passion for improving lives but we have a shared commitment to bringing people, organizations and resources together to create opportunities for a better life for all.