State AFL-CIO, Cooper University Hospital Supply Aid to Puerto Rico


New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s affiliated unions have mobilized en masse to support families in Puerto Rico as they rebuild following the hurricane. Members from all union sectors, including construction, transportation, and healthcare, have responded to the call for aid.

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is also working with Cooper Board Chairman George E. Norcross III, who immediately agreed to donate 350 pillows and blankets for volunteers on behalf of Cooper University Hospital. The delivery will coincide with the dispatch of hundreds of union volunteers, who are scheduled to depart from Newark Airport on October 4th, on a plane chartered by the national AFL-CIO.

“New Jersey union members are making our state proud with hundreds of volunteers bringing their skills and expertise to aid in Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts,” stated New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “Just as union members work every day to strengthen our communities, they continue to go above and beyond the call of duty by participating in this vital relief mission.”

“The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is also proud to recognize the generosity of Cooper University Hospital, in terms of the resources it has donated to Puerto Rico and its ongoing commitment to promoting the health of communities near and far.”

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO represents more than one-million union members and their families across the state. George E. Norcross III serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cooper Health System, Cooper University Hospital, and MD Anderson Cooper Cancer Center.

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