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TEAMSTERS' RELIEF FUND CREATED TO AID HURRICANE VICTIMS; UNIONWIDE EFFORT HAS BROUGHT 250 TONS OF FOOD, SUPPLIES TO STRICKEN COMMUNITIES

TEAMSTERS' RELIEF FUND CREATED TO AID HURRICANE VICTIMS; UNIONWIDE EFFORT HAS BROUGHT 250 TONS OF FOOD, SUPPLIES TO STRICKEN COMMUNITIES
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Teamsters Union today announced that it has formed the Teamsters Hurricane Andrew Relief Fund to help families and communities hard-hit by Hurricane Andrew.
 The current Red Cross estimates now rank Andrew as twice as devastating as Hurricane Hugo, with over 100,000 homes damaged throughout the region. In an electronic message announcing the creation of the fund, Teamster President Ron Carey urged local union leaders to give this relief effort the highest priority.
 Carey said: "As soon as this disaster struck, Teamsters poured out to help with emergency food, water, medicine and other supplies. We set up this hurricane relief fund so that we can keep on helping as people start putting their communities back together."
 Since the scope of the hurricane's devastation first became known, Teamsters across the country have been pitching in to provide food and supplies to South Florida and Louisiana. They have donated and transported goods to and within the region. The Relief Fund will enable the union to funnel monetary contributions from its 1.5 million members into the region, as well.
 An international representative, Jim Buck, has been assigned to the Teamsters' Washington headquarters to coordinate and assist the union's direct relief efforts. Buck estimates that as of the end of Labor Day weekend, the combined Teamster effort has provided over half a million pounds of goods to communities in South Florida and Louisiana.
 To date, Teamsters from all over the country have been involved in a great many relief efforts. These include:
 -- A convoy of 10 trucks, led by a Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters truck, delivered food and non-perishable goods to L.U. 769 in Miami on Aug. 30. The goods had been collected by firefighters in Philadelphia. L.U. 115 provided the drivers and the trucks. The Teamsters Union provided drivers' wages, fuel and lodging costs.
 -- The Pennsylvania Teamster truck and drivers worked around the clock into Sept. 1 to unload and deliver the goods collected and delivered by Northwest Airlines, whose flight attendants are members of Teamster L.U. 2000. The truck and drivers stayed on in Miami through the week to help the community through Teamster Locals 769 and 390.
 -- L.U. 390, whose president lost his home in the disaster and whose office is not operative at present, has donated a refrigerated truck to store perishable food items.
 -- The IBT has been working with relief agencies including the Red Cross and the Salvation Army to obtain transportation from Roadway Express, Yellow Freight System and UPS for food and other supplies.
 -- L.U. 173 in Bradenton, Fla., worked with Tropicana to provide two truckloads of water and one of orange juice in the disaster area.
 -- The IBT secured the donation of a warehouse in Miami from Consolidated Freightways for use in the Teamster relief effort.
 -- Local 568 in Shreveport, La., enlisted the aid of a local radio station to help collect food and supplies and secured the donation from Churchill Truck Line of a tractor-trailer and Teamster driver to transport the goods.
 -- Over Labor Day weekend, three truckloads of food collected by L.U. 500 in Philadelphia were delivered in South Florida.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Stella or Matt Witt of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 202-624-6911/ CO: International Brotherhood of Teamsters ST: District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana IN: SU:


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