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UCOMM Readers: Help this little boy

Unions like the Corrections Officers, CWA, and the IBEW put unionism into motion

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by Kate Hogan on
Aug 11, 2017

A union Corrections Officer and his family received devastating news over the weekend. Their four year old son was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor known as a “Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma”. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease. The parents of this poor child should be able to spend all the time they can with their son. 

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help Officer Mendez and his family with the enormous financial burdens that are to come. The Correction Officers Benevolent Association of Nassau County (Nassau COBA) is asking for donations to try and help this heartbroken family. Any amount will help.

Union members have always stepped up when it comes to helping out families in need. To some, organized labor is one giant family. Members often have no problem helping out when someone is in need. On the flip side, no one fights like family, but if you’re in a union and in trouble - chances are you are never alone. When Mikey Nicholas, son of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1109 member Steve Nicholas, suffered a spinal injury during a hockey game in 2014, union members rallied behind them to raise thousands of dollars through fundraisers and golf outings to help the struggling family. As UCOMM previously reported, an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 459 member Tom Whitehead was able to receive over 800 vacation hours over two years when his daughter Emily was diagnosed with leukemia. 

The union movement is unlike any other when it comes to their generosity. When they are called upon to help others, they can always be counted on to step up. Hopefully, those reading this will catch the hint and do the right thing.

Start the weekend off right and click here to help this little boy and his union family. Because that's how unions do. 

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