Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Labor Movement Steps Up to Provide Disaster Relief Following Hurricane Laura


Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

In response to the devastating destruction of Hurricane Laura, which hit the Gulf Coast the hardest last week, a relief staging location has been set up at United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) Local 198 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Over the weekend, Local 198, Teamsters locals 270 and 988, and the Louisiana AFL-CIO hosted a milk giveaway (pictured above). Unfortunately, the Electrical Workers (IBEW) union hall in Lake Charles was destroyed. President Rick Levy (TSEU/CWA) of the Texas AFL-CIO is working on delivering generators to Louisiana AFL-CIO President Louis Reine (SMART). The Louisiana AFL-CIO is also organizing a gift card drive for those in need.