United Steelworkers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette strikers, their allies and supporters came together Tuesday to deliver the goods — the baked goods, that is.
The cookies, cakes, cupcakes, pies, breads and other treats provided by 67 bakers were part of the ’Tis the Season for Solidarity bake sale sponsored by USW Local 3657’s fundraising and organizing committees and USW District 10 and held at USW headquarters, Downtown. Proceeds benefit the Pittsburgh Striker Fund, which provides financial assistance to members of the five unions who are entering the 15th month of their strike against the Post-Gazette.
Money is still being tallied, but preliminary figures show the bake sale, which included a raffle of gift baskets, brought in more than $5,600, according to organizers.
PG strikers, retirees and former employees joined the USW and other members of the labor community lining up on both sides of the tables to make the event a success. Politicians showed up as well, such as U.S. Rep. Chris Deluzio, state Rep. Abigail Salisbury, Allegheny County Executive-elect Sara Innamorato, county Treasurer-elect Erica Brusselar and city Controller-elect Rachael Heisler.
The solidarity will extend into a cookbook of desserts — called “Seasoned With Solidarity” — that will be sold to benefit the striker fund in the new year. Details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/CookbookPGunions. The deadline to submit recipes is Jan. 14.