Unifor Local 2000 donates $428K from defunct trust program to local charities

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Unifor members in the Local 2000 Printing Industry Health and Welfare Plan made two donations earlier this year, benefitting a children’s hospice and local food bank, in wake of the closing trust.

“Unifor commends Local 2000 for their generosity that benefits the province and communities across the B.C. region,” said Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle. “Our union isn’t only about fighting for workers, but supporting the important charities and programs that are part of the social fabric.”

Members made two donations of $214,000 each to the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and Food Banks BC, with a focus on communities where the members are based.

“My niece, Rosalyn Doyle was born with Trisomy 18 and was cared for along with my sister in law’s family at Canuck Place in 2018,” said Unifor Local 2000 President Brian Gibson.

“They really took good care of them all in such a difficult situation.  When trustees were deciding on organizations to donate the money too, I suggested Canuck Place not only because of the amazing care it showed my family, but for the help it provides to many families in similar situations across B.C.”

The Printing Industry Health and Welfare Plan trust began in 1961 to provide health benefits to Vancouver Typographical Union, Local 226, members. That was a predecessor union of Unifor Local 2000.

In Jan. 2019, active members moved to the Unifor Benefit Trust, as the industry shrunk in recent years. However, the members still wanted to use the $428,000 in the initial trust for some good in their local communities.

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