NH Association Of Letter Carriers Raise Thousands For Muscular Dystrophy

MDA Letter Carrier Bowl 5NH Letter Carriers have been applying their athletic skills for a good cause recently. Their efforts  raised both money and awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. MDA is the worlds leading non-profit health  organization, sponsoring research, seeking the causes and effective treatments of neuromuscular diseases. Currently MDA research grants are supporting over 250 projects worldwide.

MDA Letter Carrier Bowl 2 (Lew Henry)In Dover NALC Branch 44 held its 10th annual MDA Bowlathon raising over $1000 . Carriers from Manchester, Durham, Hampton, Derry and Somersworth participated. While Derry walked away with the winning trophy, the real winners were the people who rely on MDA’s many services.

MDA Letter Carrier Bowl 1This past weekend NH Letter Carriers from across the state participated in their annual MDA Golf Tournament at scenic Hale’s Location Golf Course.  The event was a huge success raising over $3400 for MDA!!  A team led by NALC Branch 44 President Dan Yianakopolos walked away with the bragging rights as they squeaked out the tournament title edging a  team of local letter carriers:  Wayne Alterisio, Don Cummings, Rick “Shep” McArdle and  Elka Waddell.  It was great to see so many letter carriers take part in this fundraiser.

MDA Coordinator

MDA Coordinator

The National Association of Letter Carriers has a long tradition of supporting MDA and actually was the first national sponsor of MDA. Our efforts have raised over $20 million in the past 15 years alone.

One way we can each help MDA is to ask your elected representatives to co-sponsor HR 494  the MD Care Act of 2013.  Its official name is the Paul Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance , Research and Education Act. This act helps enable scientist in the worlds best research facilities develop new drugs in the treatment of muscular dystrophy.  Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has already co-sponsored this bill along with many other members of Congress.

“It’s important that our branches make these fundraisers their own,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “The results are always better when they do. And every dollar we bring in is one more dollar we’re closer to delivering the cure.”

NH Letter Carriers MDA Golf Tournament

NH Letter Carriers MDA Golf Tournament

Unions are stepping up and building bridges with community organizations nationwide. These local activities are just one example of this partnership. As always unions put the boots on the ground and people in the streets (or bowling alleys, golf courses) for worthwhile causes. Whether its economic justice in the workplace or social justice in our nation or simply working for the common good, unions will lead the way.

This Thanksgiving (and every Thanksgiving) Unions Are Giving Back

The “union-avoidance” industry isn’t taking the election results lying down.  The Andrew Breitbarts of the world are already busy spinning the Hostess Brands liquidation and Wednesday’s planned protest in Los Angeles.  (If you’re wondering: there may be delays on surface streets around LAX – but the protest is not expected to impact any air travel.)

In these days leading up to Thanksgiving, you’re probably going to hear a lot of other anti-union stories in the media.  (The union-busters have a lot of money to spend on PR.)

What you’re probably not going to hear is how union members nationwide are celebrating the holiday.  A quick sampling:

  • In Palm Beach, Florida, labor unions are part of “The Big Heart Brigade”.  Last Thanksgiving, the Brigade fed 100,000 people – and they are hoping to feed even more, this year.   “Several local unions have already donated time and funds to help, including Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA) Local 630, Ironworkers Local 402, Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 728, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 3181 and Machinists (IAM) Local 971.”
  • Feed The Community Day

    Near Los Angeles, ILWU Local 13 is holding their 15th annual “Feed the Community Day”.  They will be distributing 1,500 turkey baskets with all the trimmings to help feed low-income families in surrounding communities.

  • Throughout the country, IAFF Locals are giving coats to kids through “Operation Warm”. IAFF Local 157 is distributing more than 2,000 coats to needy children in Oklahoma City, OK.  IAFF Local 215 is giving away almost 1,000 coats in Milwaukee, WI.  In New Jersey, IAFF Local 2657 is donating 350 coats.  In Pennsylvania, IAFF Local 10 plans to give a new coat to every single child who attends George Washington Elementary School, after firefighters noticed that most students didn’t have anything warmer than a hooded sweatshirt (87% of the school’s families live at or below the poverty line).
  • And of course, Hurricane Sandy relief efforts will continue through the holiday.  Nationwide, union members are contributing to various Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds.  Union members in the hardest-hit areas will continue to do what they have been doing for weeks: cleaning up, fixing up, and taking care of the people around them.

This Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for our union brothers and sisters.  Our union family is not just standing behind us in our workplaces – unions are giving back to our communities, making things better for families in need.