WESTBURY, NY (05/12/2014)(readMedia)– United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1500, New York State’s largest grocery workers union, today announced its endorsement of Domenic Recchia to be the next Congressional Representative in the 11th District in south Brooklyn and Staten Island.
“As a New York City Council Member, Domenic Recchia had distinguished himself as a vocal and aggressive advocate for working families,” said UFCW Local 1500 President Bruce W. Both. “UFCW Local 1500 is excited to fight and make sure that Domenic Recchia brings his strong working class values and common sense governing to Congress and the residents of the 11th District.”
“We know that Domenic will fight alongside our thousands of union members, and bring respect for the working class back to the 11th District,” said Anthony Speelman, Secretary Treasurer of UFCW Local 1500. “Our members will be out in force to make sure Staten Island and South Brooklyn communities get the representation they deserve,” Speelman concluded.
UFCW 1500 promotes progressive policies such as demanding Wal-Mart be held accountable for it’s unethical business practices, supporting the expansion of supermarkets into underserved 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, demanding labor standards be attached to corporate subsidies and raising the federal minimum wage.
The Local union represents over 23,000 members in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties and is based out of Westbury, NY. Members of Local 1500 are employed by Pathmark, King Kullen, Stop and Shop, Gristedes, Fairway, D’Agostinos, Key Food, and Shoprite.