United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 announced today that they have endorsed the candidacy of Donovan Richards Jr. to represent the 31st Council District, which was vacated by now New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. after his election win in November of last year.
“I’m honored to have been endorsed by UFCW Local 1500 today and look forward to joining them on the frontlines in ensuring that all New Yorkers can achieve the American dream. During a time when my district is still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and many of our local supermarkets and workers were adversely affected, we need leadership that is ready to hit the ground running on day one,” said candidate Donovan Richards.
“Donovan will fight alongside UFCW members to bring good jobs and good food to underserved communities, demand that Walmart will be accountable for its unethical business practices, and continue to support and stand with those that have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaways. Donovan is the type of progressive leadership that is needed in the City Council to represent the working men and women of this city,” said Patrick Purcell, assistant to the President of UFCW Local 1500.
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500, based out of Westbury, New York represents 23,000 grocery workers in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties. Members of Local 1500 are employed by A&P/Pathmark, Fairway, Stop and Shop, Gristedes, D'Agastinos, Key Food, Dairy Barn, Shop Rite and King Kullen.