UFCW Local 1500 President Bruce Both released the following statement:
"The leadership and members of UFCW Local 1500 are excited that Tom Suozzi has entered this very important race. The void in leadership and common sense governing that has plagued Nassau County for the last four years must be filled and there is no better person to do that than Tom Suozzi. Tom brought enthusiasm and strong middle class values to the job when he was County Executive and will once again prioritize the needs of those who live on Main Street over those of Wall Street. Our Union will work tirelessly during this election and is determined to see Tom Suozzi return as Nassau County Executive,"
UFCW 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 underserved communities and creating good food, good jobs and good health for all New Yorkers. UFCW Local 1500 also has an active "Women's Network," which assesses issues particular to women like domestic violence and breast cancer awareness and develops action programs to address them. Over half of UFCW Local 1500's 23,000 members are women.
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500, based out of Westbury, NY 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.