Wisconsin AFSCME Members Donate to Japanese Earthquake Victims
"Because so many of our members serve on the front lines during disasters and emergencies, seeing the plight of our Japanese sisters and brothers has touched us all deeply," said Rick Badger, executive director of AFSCME Council 40.
"Emergency workers in Japan are bravely and tirelessly putting their own lives on the line to protect and serve others as this catastrophe continues. We understand the vital role these workers play and we want to do whatever we can to show our support in this desperate time," Council 48 Executive Director Rich Abelson said.
"Even as our members are facing great stress from being singled out as scapegoats for our state's budgetary problems, their true nature shows though. Our members have big hearts. They are committed to serving others, so it is only natural that even now their thoughts and compassion are flowing to the people of Japan," said Marty Beil, executive director of the Wisconsin State Employees Union, AFSCME Council 24.
Wisconsin's AFSCME members are sending a check for $50,000 to the earthquake relief fund established by the Japanese Trade Union Confederation RENGO on behalf of all 1.6 million AFSCME sisters and brothers nationwide.