WV Gazette: Union gives $5,000 to Reconnecting McDowell

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 53 in West Virginia recently made a $5,000 to gift to a local to effort to “find solutions to economic and social problems in the Southern West Virginia county [of McDowell].”

The American Federation of Teachers is leading efforts to raise money for the group in what is widely considered the state’s most struggling county.

Poling, business manager and secretary-treasurer of IUPAT’s District 53 in West Virginia, said, “We are appreciative of what the AFT has stepped up to do. We want to be supportive of that.”

Christine Campbell, president of West Virginia’s AFT chapter, said the AFT is thankful for the union’s donation.

“I would encourage other labor unions to make contributions so we can step up our work,” she said.

Reconnecting McDowell is a public-private partnership consisting of more than 100 labor, business and community partners and meant to improve the lives of children and families in the county.

Read more in the West Virginia Gazette.