New York State’s Largest Grocery Workers Union Endorses Bill de Blasio for New York City Mayor

Praises His Progressive Vision for Improving the Lives of New Yorkers

NEW YORK CITY (09/11/2013)(readMedia)– United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 (UFCW), representing over 23,000 grocery workers, today announced its endorsement of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio to be the next Mayor of New York City. The Union cited de Blasio’s commitment to helping working families and addressing the crisis of income inequality that is leaving a majority of New Yorkers behind.

“Over the last few months, Bill de Blasio has articulated a progressive vision for New York City that the members of our Union fully support,” said Bruce W. Both, President of UFCW Local 1500. “Over the years Bill has always been there to support our members as they have fought to improve their wages, benefits and quality of life. He understands that when responsible employers can operate in a free and fair market our City’s economy thrives. Bill de Blasio recognizes the negative impact companies like Walmart can have on our communities with their low wage, no benefit, predatory pricing policies. Bill de Blasio will make sure that those living on Main Street are not left behind at the expense of those prospering on Wall Street,” Both concluded.

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UFCW Local 1500 represents 23,000 members and promotes progressive policies such as demanding Wal-Mart be held accountable for it’s unethical business practices, supporting the expansion of supermarkets into under served communities and creating good food, good jobs and good health for all New Yorkers.

Other issues of importance to Local 1500 members include aggressive wage theft prosecution and demanding labor standards be attached to corporate subsidies. UFCW Local 1500 also has an active “Women’s Network Program,” which addresses issues particular to women such as domestic violence and breast cancer. Over half of UFCW Local 1500’s members are women.

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 represents grocery workers in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties. Members of Local 1500 are employed by Pathmark, King Kullen, Stop and Shop, Gristedes, Fairway, D’agastinos, Key Food and Shop Rite.

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