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UFCW 1518 pledges $100K to wildfire relief

The Gustafsen wildfire near 100 Mile House caused UFCW 1518 members living in the area to be evacuated. (@ElishaIsabelle/Twitter)

As British Columbia remains under a state of emergency and wildfires continue to ravage the province, UFCW 1518 has pledged $100,000 to relief efforts.

“This is devastating for our members and all British Columbians who live in communities affected by wildfires,” says President Ivan Limpright.

To date, 44,000 people have been displaced, among them hundreds of UFCW 1518 members. At one point,  more than 150 wildfires burned, making this one of the worst wildfire seasons in BC’s history. While thousands of people were able to return home as fires came under control and evacuation notices were lifted, some have nothing left to return to.

“At least one of our members has lost their home and hundreds of others were evacuated. It’s critical that we support them in this very difficult time.” UFCW 1518 also made an appeal for financial support to other UFCW locals across the country, adds Limpright. “Unions have always helped – it’s what we do. And with a natural disaster like this, everyone’s got to do their part. It’s that simple.”

UFCW 1518 members evacuated due to wildfires can fill in this form to apply for financial support. If you know of a UFCW 1518 member who has been evacuated due to wildfires please share this information.

Unions have always helped – it’s what we do. And with a natural disaster like this, everyone’s got to do their part. It’s that simple.
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