Magazine article International Musician

Please Help Support Our Brothers and Sisters in Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Elsewhere

Magazine article International Musician

Please Help Support Our Brothers and Sisters in Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Elsewhere

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As this issue of the International Musician goes to print rescue efforts are still underway and we are just beginning to understand the scope of the devastation caused by the May tornadoes that hit Oklahoma. Our thoughts go out to our brothers and sisters who are suffering due to this tragedy. The Oklahoma State AFL-CIO and central labor council community service liaisons are working through the United Way to provide relief. Donations can be made through the United Way of Central Oklahoma website (www.unitedwayokc.org) or sent to United Way of Central Oklahoma, PO Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101.

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO is asking every local union (affiliated or not) to forward them information (name, local, address, phone number, immediate needs, etc.) about any union member affected by the storms to the e-mail address okaflcio@okaflcio.org. They are compiling a database to ensure members' immediate needs are taken care of now, and in the following weeks.

Though players for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra have a new contract and are back to work, we ask for your continued support for the locked out Minnesota Orchestra musicians. June marks the ninth month of this lockout with no end in sight. Many musicians have had to seek employment elsewhere, while others are struggling to provide for their families. For more information on the current situation, to offer support, or to make a donation, visit the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra website (www.MinnesotaOrchestraMusicians.com).

As the weather heats up and you head outside to enjoy outdoor summer fun, barbecues, and picnics don't forget to support union workers by always buying union-made products. …

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