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From Nova Scotia to British Columbia, CUPE locals are pledging their support for the people of Haiti.

In Nova Scotia, 14 school board and hospital locals donated $4,050. Their donation was matched by CUPE Nova Scotia, bringing the total up to $8,100.

The Nova Scotia Highway Workers Union (CUPE Local 1867) also gave $1,000 to disaster relief in Haiti.

“As highway workers and CUPE members, we’re there for the public. This is our way of reaching out a little further,” said Gareth Drinnan, president of Local 1867.

“We just wish we could be there to help right now. That’s what CUPE teaches us when we talk about solidarity, to help each other. That’s what we want to do.”

Frank Lee is secretary-treasurer of CUPE Local 1004, representing the City of Vancouver outside workers. Lee is working on a donation with his local, and also put forward a motion with the CUPE Metro Vancouver District Council to donate $2000. The motion passed resoundingly.

“We would like to encourage all locals and regions to support disaster relief in Haiti,” said Lee.

“Haiti has had such an unfortunate situation. It’s not the first disaster they’re having - it seems to be one after the other. I know that CUPE members want to do as much as we can in solidarity with the Haitian people.”