Labor’s Community Service Agency Report from the Government Shutdown

Sisters & brothers, ATU Local 757 was proud to support Labor’s Community Service Agency as it provided emergency services to the 9,000+ federal workers in Oregon and SW Washington who were impacted by the recent government shutdown. Below is LCSA Executive Director Eryn Byram’s report from the shutdown:

 

“As we all, somewhat hesitantly, breathe a collected sigh of relief with a reopened government, let us look back to see how Organized Labor and allies were able to provide assistance and solidarity to our Federal brothers and sisters. With your support and donations, Labor’s Community Service Agency, in partnership with NW Oregon Labor Council and the Oregon AFL-CIO, provided emergency services to the 9,000+ impacted Federal workers across our state and SW Washington.

With your support, Labor’s Community Service Agency:

  • Distributed $8,500 in emergency food/gas cards across the state (Sheridan, Redmond, Coos Bay, Medford, Eugene, PDX)
  • Provided 14,000 lbs in food boxes directly to impacted workers at PDX airport
  • Coordinated Rapid Response Labor Liaison services such as updated Unemployment benefit rule changes
  • Navigated the impact the shutdown would have on healthcare benefits, in partnership with Congresswoman Bonamici’s office
  • Distributed updated community resource information to workforce impacted

Please take in the words of TSA member, Brandon Baity, during the shutdown Your support meant that we don’t have to choose between coming to work or finding food resources. The immediate assistance can alleviate the stress and allow us to focus on doing our jobs. Thank you for standing with us “.

Labor’s Community Service Agency could not have done this without the overwhelming unity shown by Organized Labor. A special thank you our food heroes – Sunshine Bakery and Franz Bread! To the United Way of Columbia Willamette who stands by Labor through LCSA so that we may always move quickly to help keep our families stabilized and healthy. And most importantly, to all the Federal members who stood determined, angry, and strong. You fought back and won.

We are proud that Labor sees LCSA as the place to go when our community needs help. We will be here, always.”