In 1987 Alicia Boake began her career as a part-time employee in the Baldwin Pathmark. It was also in that same year, that Alicia developed her relationship with UFCW Local 1500. In 1989 Alicia attended her first proposal meeting. Here she recounts her first dealing with Frank Meehan: “He was just so passionate about the situation. His presence and just the way he was explaining the situation, you wanted to be a part of that.” It was at that proposal meeting where in which Alicia began to understand just how the Union works from the proposal meeting, to the strike vote, to the contract vote.
This first encounter with Frank helped to develop a familial bond between Alicia and the Union. “It was just a pretty empowering thing, to see all those people come together to have their voice be heard.” This connection with the Union would eventually flourish ultimately leading to Alicia being entrusted with the position of “Shop Steward” by her then union rep, Rob Newell in 1999.
Currently Alicia Boakes works for the Gateway ShopRite. Transitioning from Pathmark to Shop Rite was a difficult decision for her. Knowing that she would still be a part of UFCW Local 1500 helped solidify her decision to take the necessary steps to continue her career. In 2017 Alica Boake was awarded the Member of the Year award at the UFCW NY/NJ District Council Convention.