"You Have Given My Kids a Christmas"

Union movement comes together to adopt a IBEW Local 3 striking Spectrum family

For the last 10 months, 1,800 families have been on strike at Spectrum. As the company refuses to budge on its demand for regressive givebacks, these families are facing an uncertain future this holiday season. As they fight to protect the Middle Class in New York City, their union brothers and sisters are stepping up to provide a Merry Christmas for all of the families.

The idea was started by Freddie McCourt, a member of Elevator Constructors Local 1, and was simple: adopt a Spectrum family that is in your neighborhood and help them out this holiday. In just the 48 hours since hundreds of building trades members have begun mobilizing to link up with local families. Members from all over the tri-state area began messaging Freddie, posting in a building trades group that they were willing to help and reaching out directly to Local 3 members. Some offered to buy gifts for the children or provide groceries for a Christmas feast, one member even offered to help pay some bills. The outpouring of support in just a few days has been amazing.

With so much support being provided, the building trades group is working hard to track down all 1,800 families. While some of the families may be proud and not asking for support, many in the union movement know that this is the least they can do to help them continue their fight and their struggle. If you are one of the families on strike, click here to get involved.

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