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CARPENTERS UNION TEAMS UP WITH ONTARIO AUTHORITIES
TO PROVIDE GIFT CARDS FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AT ONTARIO AIRPORT JANUARY 31

Ontario, CA— Federal employees at Ontario International Airport will get some help Thursday while they await receipt and deposit of their backpay from the 35-day federal government shutdown. Local members of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters will be handing out gift cards to the 250 federal employees at the airport who work for TSA, the FAA and the FBI. The cards will be available to the employees starting at 10 a.m. inside Terminal 4 on the first floor.

Southwest Regional Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dan Langford stated, “America’s federal employees demonstrated how dedicated they are to be serving the public during the 35-day government shutdown. They suffered economic hardship through no fault of their own. The Southwest Carpenters are pleased to provide $25 gift cards to our federal employees who also demonstrated the importance of their positions and their contribution to making Ontario Airport a great experience for the public. We are grateful to have the Airport Authority and the City of Ontario supporting this effort.”

City of Ontario Mayor, Paul S. Leon stated, “On behalf of the City Council, we applaud the efforts of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters in providing gift cards to purchase basic necessities. Our Regional Carpenters Union is continuously improving the community by rehabilitating parks, preserving historical artifacts, and now, with this effort to help federal employees working out of Ontario International Airport. Combined efforts like this exemplify what it means to be a community.”

The gift card program to assist federal employees is a collaborative effort between the Southwest Carpenters, the City of Ontario and the Ontario Airport Authority. No public funds will be used in this program as the Southwest Carpenters are donating the funds to purchase the cards.

The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters represents over 55,000 union carpenters in Central and Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, West Texas, Colorado, and Utah. The Carpenters local training and administrative facility in Ontario is located across Interstate 10 from the airport.