Robert Newell is the Secretary-Treasurer of New York’s largest grocery workers union, UFCW Local 1500. Rob began his career as a UFCW Local 1500 member in July, 1990, working as a part-time cart clerk for Pathmark in Bay Shore, NY. Since joining the union staff in 1995, Rob has worked through nearly every department of the union. As an Organizer, Rob played a significant role in organizing Wild by Nature, an organic food chain, currently with 5 locations throughout Long Island. Rob then went on to become a Membership Servicing Rep and in January of 1998 he became a Union Representative, protecting and serving our members in the areas of Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan and both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
In October of 2009, Rob was appointed Field Director, overseeing the Union Representatives of UFCW Local 1500. In June of 2013, he was unanimously voted onto the UFCW Local 1500 Executive Board as a Vice President. In October 2013, Rob was promoted to the Assistant to the President. Rob has been actively involved in contract negotiations since 2006 and currently sits as the lead negotiator on a number of contracts for Local 1500. He has been a Pension & Welfare Trustee since 2007 and in January of 2014 he was elected Plan Manager of the UFCW Local 1500 Legal Service Fund.
On May 11, 2016, the UFCW Local 1500 Executive Board unanimously elected Rob Secretary-Treasurer. In his new position, Rob plans to emphasize long-range vision, proactive leadership, a focus on key financial issues, and policy development that will define and guide Local 1500 in the coming years.
Rob attended and graduated in 1995 from St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minored in Criminal Justice and Applied Sociology. He currently resides in Suffolk County, NY, with his wife Roslyn & daughter Aly Rose, and is an avid New York Rangers Fan.
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Recent Editorials by Rob Newell:
September 2016: Turning the Corner
June 2016: Cart-Kid to Union Leadership...It's Possible
December 2015: Pathmark: The End of an Era