The United Steelworkers Local 221 are striking at Elmerâ??s County Market, but they are not doing it for themselves. They are pounding the pavement for the local community.
The USW are holding a â??Strike for Hungerâ?? this weekend at Elmerâ??s in Escanaba. This is their first annual food drive for the community. They will be â??strikingâ?? for 48 hours straight in hopes of collecting nonperishable food, money and hygiene products for the local St. Vincent de Paul and Salvation Army.
Union members are happy to show the community some support.
â??It makes me feel fantastic,â?? said union member Lisa Menard. â??And to be a part of this community, it's even better. With the union, they've been here for us and we're going to be here for them.â??
Although Friday is only the first day, the â??strikeâ?? has already collected more than 300 pounds of food.
â??We've had a great turnout,â?? said Steven Benoit, next generation coordinator for the USW. â??It's amazing the generosity of this community. They've been down doing great things."
â??This community is wonderful. They come out--monetary donations, drive-bys with their hand window, going through the cold--they've just been fantastic,â?? Menard said.
Union members and supporters want to remind the community that every little bit helps.
â??I just encourage everybody to come and buy a bag, it's only five dollars, and give what you can to someone in need,â?? said food drive supporter Kay Johnson.The United Steelworkers will continue to be at Elmer's County Market through noon on Sunday.