USW 2020 contributes hundreds of dollars to Harvest Share
Wendy Pagahmagabow, Executive Director for Harvest Share (N. Reis).
The faces of Harvest Share,
Emerald Judge (L) and Pam Corbier (R).
Harvest Share is getting hundreds of dollars thanks to some steelworkers.
United Steel Workers Local 2020 is supporting the food bank through the Steelworkers Humanity Fund.
USW members contribute to the fund through clauses negotiated into collective agreements. In some cases, employers make matching contributions to the fund.
“Steelworker Union members contribute to the Humanity Fund through their collective agreement. Typically, we negotiate a contribution of one or two cents per hour worked that members make through payroll deductions. That’s how the charity generates its income,” said Doug Olthuis, Executive Director of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund.
Last year, the fund contributed $188,330 to 112 Food Banks across Canada.
Harvest Share’s executive director, Wendy Pegahamgabow said she has not received their contribution yet. They ended up getting $1,000 last year.
Olthuis was not able to determine the exact amount that Harvest Share would receive this year but did say that an average contribution from the fund to food banks is between $500 and $1,000.