Aly Waddy began her career working as a PT deli clerk for Dan's Supreme Key Food in Queens, NY in 1998. She rose through the ranks from PT to FT and finally to Deli Manager. She currently holds the position of Director of Special Projects, overseeing communications, Local 1500’s Value Program and coordinates servicing programs between our office and Field Staffs.
In June of 1999 Aly began working for UFCW Local 1500 as a field Organizer. She worked on numerous campaigns concentrating on retail organizing and working to level the playing field and protect Union jobs. Aly has also served Local 1500’s membership as Lead Organizer, Assistant Director of Organizing, Director of Organizing, ultimately being promoted to Director of Special Projects in March of 2017. Her main focus has been to grow our Union, protect its market share and to advocate for members and potential members. In April of 2017, Ms. Waddy was unanimously voted onto the UFCW Local 1500 Executive Board as a Vice President.
Throughout her career, she has assisted workers in Local 1500’s jurisdiction to gain a better life by joining our Union. In June of 2011 Aly coordinated the first of its kind election to represent Target workers from Valley Stream. The Target campaign was featured on the front page of multiple national publications like the New York Times, The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal just to name a few. Almost 3 years later, in March of 2014, a book was written about the Labor movement titled "New labor in NY: Precarious Workers and the Future of the Labor Movement", where the Target campaign is featured as a portrayal of the recent efforts to expand the movement from the local to the national scale. Ms. Waddy has also been invited to lecture students at Hofstra University to discuss the challenges that workers face in today’s retail environment, especially while working for a large anti-union employer like Target. In October 2017, Aly successfully directed the campaign to organize the workers at Hale & Hearty’s Commissary in Brooklyn, N.Y. Through her leadership and the hard work and dedication of her team, the workers at Hale & Hearty won their NLRB election by a landslide and are currently negotiating their first Union contract.
Ms. Waddy has represented Local 1500 on the Working Families Advisory Council, as delegate to the NYC Central Labor Council, and is currently serving as a delegate to the Long Island Federation of Labor. In March of 2016, she was recognized for her achievements in the Labor movement, by receiving a Citation of Merit from Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr.
Aly was born in El Salvador and immigrated with her family to Queens, N.Y. where she grew up. She later moved to Suffolk County where she now lives with her husband Joe, daughter Kiana and son Jaden. She loves to run and stay active, she participates in events like the Run for the Warriors and the 5 Boro Bike Tour. She enjoys cooking and baking for family and friends.
Contact: 800-522-0456 ext. 1322