One of the Alliance’s national affiliates, AFT, is engaged in efforts to provide relief to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The magnitude of the destruction in the Philippines is staggering. Thousands have lost their lives, and many more have been injured, orphaned or separated from their families.
AFT President Randi Weingarten has pledged that the AFT will:
- Actively solicit volunteers to assist in relief and recovery efforts, as we did in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake in 2010.
- Send an immediate contribution of $10,000 to help get supplies and other assistance to those who need them most.
- Open up the AFT Disaster Relief Fund to help with ongoing recovery efforts.
- Continue to work with labor, healthcare and education partners to assist the Philippines on its road to recovery.
Weingarten said, “Natural disasters, whenever they occur, have the power to touch us all. In times like this, we realize we are citizens of the world and have a responsibility to help one another. We join with others throughout the world in sending our thoughts and prayers to the millions affected by this devastating tragedy.”