United Airlines and Union Members Volunteer to Bring Supplies and Relief Workers to Puerto Rico

By Paul Riegler on 4 October 2017
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DSC_0359 (1)United Airlines and several of its unions volunteered to transport over 300 first responders and volunteers to Puerto Rico following the devastation left by Hurricane Maria.

The volunteers included doctors, nurses, electricians, and carpenters. The plane carried 35,000 pounds (15,875 kilograms) of supplies including food, water, and various types of equipment needed on the island.

Members of multiple unions, including the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the Air Line Pilots Association, and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, came together to operate the flight, which departed Newark Liberty International Airport Wednesday morning. The aircraft, a Boeing 777—300, will return later on Wednesday with 300 evacuees whose seats were paid for by the airline.

The Chicago-based airline said it has already operated over a dozen flights to and from Puerto Rico with 740,000 pounds (336,000 kilograms) of supplies as well as volunteers to help restore various services to the island. These flights also brought over 1,300 evacuees back to the mainland

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