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Sault Steelworkers are great neighbours

September 16, 2022
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USW Local 2724 members in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., are demonstrating once again how they embody the union’s motto: “Steelworkers make great neighbours.”

After recently negotiating a new collective agreement with their employer, Algoma Steel, Local 2724 members added to their well-earned reputation of giving back to their community.

The local, which represents office, clerical and technical employees at Algoma Steel, announced their latest donation to the Sault Area Hospital to help ensure it continues to provide quality services to the community.

The $40,762 donation from Local 2724 will allow the hospital to purchase an infant warmer – critical equipment that is required in every birthing room and particularly in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“This year, our members received the largest profit-sharing payout in Algoma’s history,” said Rebecca McCracken, USW Local 2724 president.

“The members decided to share the dues collected from the profit sharing throughout the community. We wanted to support local families, and we know this gift will achieve that goal – bringing a new infant warmer to our local hospital.”

Local 2724 has been supporting the Sault Area Hospital for over 15 years, with total donations now surpassing $190,000. The latest donation is the local’s fourth contribution to the hospital in as many years.

“We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support of United Steelworkers Local 2724,” said Teresa Martone, executive director of the Sault Area Hospital Foundation. “Their membership keeps coming forward, year after year, to support local families needing care at our hospital. Thousands of patients have been touched by their recent gifts. We’re so grateful to have these incredible community partners in our corner.”

Local 2724 members are simply practising what they preach, said Rebecca McCracken.

“They are truly living our motto: Steelworkers make great neighbours!”

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