AFSCME pledges to be there for Puerto Rico

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Dear AFSCME Sisters and Brothers: 

The reports out of Puerto Rico are devastating. Our hearts go out to everyone there. For the thousands of Servidores Publicos Unidos de Puerto Rico (SPU)/AFSCME Council 95 members, please know that our union will be there for you!

In the past several weeks, in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, thousands of AFSCME members like you, as well as the national union and its officers, have donated more than $310,000 to our Fallen Heroes Fund. 

We’ve shown what being an AFSCME member means. We’ve shown how we step up and support our Sisters and Brothers when disaster hits. If you have made a donation, thank you. If you haven’t, please know that every little bit helps and no donation is too small. Click here to make a donation today.

AFSCME members in Texas, Florida, Louisiana and Georgia are working tirelessly on their communities’ cleanup and recovery. Many are doing so at the same time as they rebuild their own homes and lives. 

The same is true in Puerto Rico. Now their island, their communities and their lives have been ravaged by a second — and more violent — hurricane. This comes at a time when AFSCME members in Puerto Rico are up against a severe economic crisis that is threatening drastic cuts to salaries, hard-earned pensions and the vital public services they provide. 

As communication is restored, we will be in contact with local leaders to assess the needs on the ground. We anticipate an urgent need for food, water and shelter, as well as support for longer-term efforts. They need to know their union will be there for them. 

Tens of thousands of AFSCME members have been through a lot in recent weeks — and yet they continue to put their communities first. Because that’s what AFSCME members do. Public service isn’t just a job; it’s a calling. And a union isn’t just an organization; we’re a family. We have each other’s backs. 

So please donate today. And then ask five co-workers to do the same. 

Thanks for all you do. 

In solidarity, 

Lee Saunders

Elissa McBride

Social Service Employees Union Local 371
817 Broadway, New York, NY 10003