In an effort to assist their community and raise funds for the Save Our Hospital Coalition (SOHC), members of the United Steelworkers Union (USW) Local 1-423 held a rally/ hot dog sale fundraiser in the Sandman Inn parking lot across from Princeton General Hospital.
Noting the recent tragedies in Babine and Prince George, president of Local 1-423, Pat McGregor said this is a subject that is dear to their hearts. “Having major industry and no hospital is a bad combination—It is very important that we have our hospital open.”
Joining off-shift Steelworkers and community members were representatives of the South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council, Brigid Kemp and Lilly Zekanovic, who came to town to show their support.
“We are here in support of all workers – union and non-union,” said Kemp. “Without healthcare and a hospital, how can we support the community?”
Assistant to the director of the West Canadian Steelworkers, Scott Lunny came to Princeton to present a cheque to Spencer Coyne, president of SOHC.
“Most of our members work in rural communities like this,” said Lunny. “Our people work hard—we need to support them and our essential services. Congratulations to you for fighting back!”
The meetings and rallies, the people coming out—the government has listened said Coyne, “You guys are the reason, thank you to the Steelworkers and to the community.”
The USW would like to extend their thanks to all who came out in support making the day a great success, and give a special thanks as well to Dawn Kastor, of Princeton Loonie Bin/Bakery for her donation to the fundraiser.