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The Tragedy in Haiti Calls on Each of Us to Act

Statement of SEIU President Andy Stern on the Devastation in Haiti


the Service Employees International Union released this statement by
International President Andy Stern on the devastating earthquake in

whole world is watching the devastation in Haiti following yesterday's
earthquake with horror, compassion and desire to act.

"This catastrophe calls on each of us to do what we can to ease
suffering and help the survivors get past this tragedy and rebuild
their lives.

"The Service Employees International Union, both as a home to a large
Haitian population with family directly impacted and as the largest
union of healthcare workers in North America, will support efforts to
help Haiti recover.

"SEIU is developing a relief initiative, Help Haiti,
to direct donations from our members, our locals and the general public
to effective respite and aid organizations once a needs assessment has
been completed. At this time, we are asking that people direct their donations to the International Relief Fund of the American Red Cross. Please check over the next few days to learn of other ways and organizations that you can help.

"At the same time, SEIU Healthcare members - nurses, personal care
assistants, doctors and others - are mobilizing to determine the types
of direct support needed by the people of Haiti. We are coordinating
with federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and the service
and relief communities and we are recruiting healthcare workers for
possible deployment once more information is known.

A tragedy of this magnitude knows no borders. SEIU will stand by our sisters and brothers in Haiti - and we will do all we can to help.

To give to Help Haiti, click HERE.

With 2 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers--not just corporations and CEOs--benefit from today's global economy.