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Estevan, SK - Canada’s largest union is donating 40,000 dollars in support of people in Saskatchewan affected by this summer’s devastating floods across the province and a recent tornado. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) made the donation today to the Canadian Red Cross to help with on-going relief efforts in southern Saskatchewan.

Over 600,000 CUPE members across the country are standing behind the people of Saskatchewan as they recover from these natural disasters, and the destruction they caused,” said Paul Moist, national president of CUPE. “I hope this donation can be of some help in rebuilding communities, and offer some measure of comfort to those whose lives have been disrupted.”

Several CUPE members in Saskatchewan lost homes to flooding this summer, and many others were directly affected by flooding and the tornado.

CUPE members have suffered in these disasters like so many in their communities,” said Claude Généreux, national secretary-treasurer of CUPE. “Our members are extremely proud of their communities, and all CUPE members from coast-to-coast-to-coast will do what they can to help them rebuild and recover.”

CUPE Saskatchewan division President Tom Graham joined members from CUPE 5999 and other CUPE Saskatchewan locals to make the donation to the Canadian Red Cross today in Estevan. The donation includes 20,000 dollars from CUPE National, 5,000 dollars from CUPE Saskatchewan, 5,000 dollars from CUPE Health Care Council of Saskatchewan, and 10,000 dollars from CUPE health care providers working in Sun Country and other health regions.

Rebuilding from these disasters could take years, but CUPE Saskatchewan members will be there to offer support to many of the family, friends and neighbours affected,” said Graham.

The Canadian Red Cross is working in several communities such as Bienfait, Estevan, Lebret, Oxbow, Qu’Appelle, Radville, Roche Percee, Torquay, Weyburn, Wolseley, Yellowgrass, and the Rural Municipalities of Benson, Coalfields, Enniskilin and Estevan supporting those affected following recent floods. CUPE’s donation will go towards on-going relief efforts in these and other communities across the province.

“On behalf of the Canadian Red Cross and the thousands of Saskatchewan residents receiving our assistance as they recover from floods, I would like to thank CUPE for this generous donation,” said Cindy Fuchs, Provincial Director of Canadian Red Cross in Saskatchewan. “It is through receiving donations such as this that the Canadian Red Cross continues to be here to help when disasters strike.”

Saskatchewan residents wishing to support the Canadian Red Cross response to Saskatchewan floods or other disasters are encouraged to contribute by calling 1-800-418-1111, donating through redcross.ca, or contacting their local Red Cross office. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Saskatchewan Disasters” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.

For more information:

Greg Taylor, CUPE Media Relations 613-818-0067