Statement from New York’s Largest Grocery Workers Union on Mayor de Blasio’s Decision to Shut Down Carriages

WESTBURY, NY (12/03/2014)(readMedia)– United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, New York State’s largest grocery workers union, released the following statement regarding Mayor de Blasio’s decision to shut down the horse carriage industry, and pledged full support of the Teamsters:

“The 23,000 men and women of UFCW 1500 support the Teamsters, and the more than 300 hardworking men and women who rely on this historic industry to make ends meet,” said Tony Speelman, Secretary-Treasurer of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500. “We cannot and will not sit idly by while the professional fates of these working men and women hang in the balance. We remain committed to standing with our brothers and sisters in the labor movement to protect the careers of these dedicated carriage drivers.”

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500, based out of Westbury, New York, represents over 23,000 grocery workers in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties.

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