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Union members from local prison collect goods for homeless veterans


From Illinois Business Journal news services

Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3654 keep their community safe by incarcerating criminals and rehabilitating offenders at the Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center, a state prison housing more than 450 inmates in East St. Louis.

But union members are also making their community a better place outside of work, too.

On Friday, March 4, AFSCME Local 3654 members culminated the union’s collection drive benefiting residents of the Joseph Center, a transitional facility for homeless veterans. A delegation of union members delivered a dozen large boxes of clothing, shoes, blankets, towels and personal care items to the veterans home, 5020 State St., East St. Louis.

“Our 150 union members who work at the prison make a positive difference in our community every day, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to some of the politicians that attack working people and try to tear us down,” said correctional officer Tom Brown, the president of AFSCME Local 3654. “We wanted to give back to the veterans and hopefully inspire everyone in our community to do what they can to help each other.”

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