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AFL-CIO Issues Appeal on Behalf of Oklahoma Tornado Victims


The MTD joins with the AFL-CIO in asking all trade union activists and concerned citizens to make a difference for the brave people of Oklahoma, whose lives and communities have been disrupted by the recent horrific tornadoes.

Arlene Holt Baker, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, said, “I know it’s easy to feel helpless in the face of such a huge disaster, but Oklahoma needs us right now.”

Holt urges all concerned citizens to reach the United Way of Central Oklahoma online at or send donations to the United Way of Central Oklahoma at P.O. Box 837; Oklahoma City, OK 73101. Checks should be designated for May Tornado Relief. “Money from the fund will be able to buy important supplies like blankets, food and water for survivors,” she added.

A number of MTD affiliates have been very active in gathering aid for members and others harmed by the tornadoes.

Tim Burn, communications director for the MTD-affiliated International Association of Fire Fighters, noted, “Some 1,700 IAFF members are located in the path of the massive tornadoes that devastated Moore, OK and a number of other Oklahoma cities, as well as communities in Kansas.  The international has begun damage assessments, and the need for relief to IAFF members affected by the storm is critical.” Within that group are 30 members who completely lost their homes.


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