“Remember last year at this time? You were faced with the imminent threat of a government shutdown,” wrote AFSCME Council 26 Executive Director Carl Goldman (right) to Council 26 members recently. Although federal workers didn't have to worry about a shutdown this year, Goldman reminded them that among the groups supporting federal workers last year was the Community Services Agency (CSA), the charitable arm of the local labor movement...
“During the shutdown, the Community Services Agency wrote the ‘Furlough Survival Guide’ that we sent to our members and posted on our website,” Goldman said, noting that CSA was also the source of key information on unemployment insurance and other related matters throughout the furlough. “Now they need our help,” Goldman wrote. “CSA helps union members year round. They help workers with such issues as unemployment, financial problems, consumer concerns, housing and more. If they can't help directly, they will find someone who can.” CSA’s United Way funding is decreasing while the demand for their services continues to increase, straining the non-profit charity’s small budget and staff. "If you are giving through your worksite giving campaign, please consider supporting the Community Services Agency by using Designation Number 8253 (United Way and DC ONE Fund campaigns, 19579 (Combined Federal Campaign) or 9320 (Maryland Charity Campaign)," says CSA Executive Director Kathleen McKirchy. You can also contribute directly online or click here to download a flyer about the CSA.
photos by Chris Garlock/Union City