Brendan Sexton helped pay his way through college as a Part-Time Grocery Clerk. As a student at Brooklyn College, he stepped up to be Part-Time Shop Steward at Stop & Shop in Long Island City to be a voice for his and his coworkers' rights on the job. After representing Part-Timers on the Stop & Shop negotiating committee in 2006, he joined Local 1500’s staff. He has held the positions of Organizer, Service Representative, Union Representative, Political Coordinator and rising through the ranks to Director of Organizing.
Brendan has long been an advocate for social and economic justice. He has built numerous successful campaigns for workers to organize and create power in the workplace. With that, he has been assisting the Organizing Department to create and develop strategic campaigns using traditional models of organizing, new media organizing and internal organizing. Brendan has developed campaigns throughout his career, in October of 2017, Brendan led the organizing team in the Hale & Hearty campaign. Through his leadership, the workers at Hale & Hearty, for the first time in their careers are engaged with the company to establish their first Collective Bargaining Agreement.
As the Political Coordinator, Brendan drives the Union's strategy to build political power for the Union and its members through legislation, community-building and political outreach. He works with elected officials and community groups to create better jobs and increase access to food through high-road retailers in our neighborhoods. Brendan sits on numerous coalitions representing the 20,000 plus members of UFCW 1500.
Brendan currently represents UFCW Local 1500 on the Working Families Party Advisory Council. He is an Executive Vice President for the Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body and also chairs the Community Services Committee and is an Executive Vice President of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation.
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