Tuesday, June 28, 2016

UFCW Outreach Pride!

This past weekend UFCW and RWDSU Outreach members joined up to march in the NYC Pride Parade. "It's great to see so many UFCW members marching today," said UFCW Local 1500 Union Representative and UFCW Outreach Region 1 Coordinator John Woods.

"Seeing the support from our community, and our brothers and sisters throughout the labor movement is especially moving after the Orlando attacks a few weeks ago. This day is about our diverse community coming together to celebrate, inspire, and commemorate  the freedom we all have to live our lives openly and proud.”

For more information on future Outreach events or to join UFCW Outreach, visit http://ufcwoutreach.org/ or contact John Woods at jwoods@ufcw1500.org.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Yankees Game Fundraiser

Join us at the one and only Yankee Stadium on July 15th to watch the Yankees take on their rivals the Boston Red Sox.

Tickets are $30 and all proceeds go to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society to battle blood cancer.

For tickets contact Jay Scorzelli: jscorzelli@ufcw1500.org 516.214.1340

Friday, June 17, 2016

Happy Father's Day.

As a father myself I wanted to wish you a wonderful and happy Father's Day this weekend.

Every day your hard work throughout the stores helps thousands of families enjoy quality time together.

It cannot be said enough, so, thank you for your hard work that helps thousands of New York families across the state.

Enjoy your Father's Day,

Tony Speelman
UFCW Local 1500

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

President Speelman Congratulates Hillary Clinton on Democratic Nomination

Hillary Clinton with UFCW Local 1500 President Tony Speelman
Anthony Speelman, president of New York's largest grocery workers union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, released the following statement after Secretary Hillary Clinton secured the delegates necessary to clinch the Democratic nomination for president of United States of America:

"Congratulations to Secretary Hillary Clinton on securing delegates for the Democratic nomination. Secretary Clinton has broke yet another barrier in our nation’s history by becoming the first woman presidential nominee for a major political party. I congratulate her for her resilience, dedication and commitment to helping all Americans. She is clearly the most qualified and deserving candidate for President of United States of America.

“While the presumed Republican candidate continues to speak and focus on building walls to divide families and our country, Secretary Clinton’s message and vision remains on uniting our country, and helping hard working Americans.

“Senator Sanders has energized and inspired millions of men and women, I congratulate him. I urge his supporters to unite behind Secretary Clinton. Once the Democratic party unites, our voices will become even stronger to fight for a better middle class, and to make sure hard working men and women aren't left behind. It is only a unified voice that can crumble the campaigns of hate and division run by the Republican party."


United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 is New York's largest grocery workers union, representing over 20,000 men and women throughout New York. Join us at ufcw1500.org and follow us @ufcw1500.

Paul Waldron Hired As Union Rep.

Longtime Local 1500 member and Executive Board Member Paul Waldron is now Local 1500’s newest Union Representative. 

He began his career at King Kullen in 1989, working in nearly every department; most recently he was a floating receiver. “I’ve pretty much worked in every King Kullen on the East End of Long Island,” Waldron said. “I can’t wait to get out in the stores and establish myself as a Union Representative.”

Waldron became engaged with the union throughout the 1990s, and earned a reputation as a Shop Steward not to be taken lightly. “I don’t have a problem confronting a manager, bringing issues to them. I took that responsibility seriously as a Shop Steward.” “I came to every union meeting, sat up front, and asked questions. I was hooked. I wanted to make my job and my coworkers’ jobs better,” Waldron noted. “I remember going to my first Walmart rally to stop them from opening out in Long Island, it felt great to get involved.” Waldron was elected to the UFCW Local 1500 Executive Board over 10 years ago, and stepped down from his position in March.s.

Waldron will be serving Local 1500 members throughout Suffolk County on Long Island. “I want every Local 1500 member to know I have their back and I'm going to work my hardest to make this union stronger, better, and every single member proud,” said Waldron. “I want to earn the respect of every member and manager. Thank you to President Speelman for the opportunity.”

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Summer Event Calendar

Looks like the warm weather is finally here!
We have a few upcoming events we're excited to share with you, including our first General Membership Meeting with our new union president Tony Speelman on Wednesday, June 8th at 7PM at our Union Hall! Come meet and speak with your new president of UFCW Local 1500, Tony Speelman!
July 12th will be our annual BBQ and Blood Drive supporting the New York Blood Center. We'll be donating our 1000th pint in the last three years! The blood drive runs from 2-8 PM in our Union Hall. All donors/volunteers will receive a free shirt and BBQ! You can RSVP here or contact your Union Representative.
Our latest newspaper, the June edition of The Register, is now online. Read it today to find updates on contract negotiations, and what's going on with your union!
Here's a list of upcoming fundraisers we're hosting. For any information on any of the events below, please contact your Union Representative.
NY Yankees Game: July 15th vs Boston Red Sox @ Yankee Stadium - Tickets $30
RSVP Contact Jay Scorzelli: jscorzelli@ufcw1500.org 516.214.1340
5th Annual Brooklyn Cyclones' Local 1500 Night! Aug. 25th @ 7PM
Tickets Only $5
Join your union brothers and sisters at Coney Island for our annual Brooklyn Cyclones Night on August 25th @ 7PM to watch the NY Mets minor league affiliate, Brooklyn Cyclones take on the Scrappers.  For tickets and more information contact Rob Ecker: recker@ufcw1500.org 516.214.1353 or buy tickets online here.

Comedy Club Fundraiser for Leukemia Lymphoma Society - Sept. 18, 2016
@ McGuire's Comedy Club: 1627 Smithtown Ave. Bohemia, NY 11716
More information contact, Lynn Shiels, lshiels@ufcw1500.org 516.214.1339

NY Mets Game: Sept. 19th vs Atlanta Braves @ Citi Field - Tickets $30
RSVP Contact: Jay Scorzelli, jscorzelli@ufcw1500.org 516.214.1340

Light the Night Walk: Sat. Oct. 15, 2016 @ Eisenhower Park
Join your union brothers and sisters as we walk to support patients, survivors and in memory of those affected by Leukemia and Lymphoma at the Light the Night Walk.
You can team here & start fundraising at your stores today! For more information contact Joe Fedele or Paul Santarpia.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk @ Jones Beach - Sun. Oct. 16th @ Jones Beach State Park - Field 5
Join your union brothers and sisters as we walk to support those affected by Breast Cancer- For more information on fundraising for Breast Cancer or to join the walk contact, Rhonda Nelson: rhondan@ufcw1500.org 516.214.1305

Annual Long Island Fishing Trip Fundraiser for Leukemia Lymphoma Society (Summer 2016, date TBD) - Hop on board the boat with your union brothers and sisters to "Fish for a Cause!" All proceeds go to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
For more information contact, Paul Waldron, pwaldron@ufcw1500.org 516.214.1360
Finally, we're thrilled about an exclusive opportunity from our union friends at AT&T. AT&T will buy any UFCW member out of their contract with Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile, and offer 15% off your monthly At&T wireless bill. Check out more information here or find more summer discounts on our discount page.

UFCW Local 1500
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Have a great day and a wonderful June!

UFCW Local 1500
Meet Your New Union President
General Membership Meeting: Wed. June 8th
@ UFCW Local 1500 Union Hall
Attend your next General Membership Meeting and meet your new Union president, Tony Speelman!
Refreshments will be served and updates on current contract negotiations, union campaigns and summer events/fundraising opportunities will be presented.

Most importantly, come meet and speak with the new president of UFCW Local 1500, Tony Speelman!
Please contact your Union Representative and he/she will give you more details on the General Membership Meeting.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

We're Hiring: Internship

We're excited to announce we're accepting applications for an Internship with UFCW Local 1500.

We are seeking an intern in the New York Metropolitan area to assist in organizing workers in
targeted organizing campaigns.

This is your opportunity to put your commitment to social and economic justice to work by learning & developing the skills needed to build power for working people.

This opportunity is being offered exclusively to members of UFCW Local 1500.


Job title: Intern/Special Projects Union Organizer
Position location: New York Metropolitan Area
Start Date: As soon as possible


The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 is the largest grocery retail union in New York with over 20,000 members working in grocery stores, pharmacies, and other industry jobs. We are a committed to building a powerful union that fights for economic, political, and social justice in our workplaces and communities.
We are seeking a self-motivated, skilled and enthusiastic person to assist our Organizing team.

Main Function: To identify, recruit and develop workers in the work place and greater community. This includes engaging workers at or near their work place, areas of public transit and the community.

Principal duties and requirements:
•    Labor, political, or community activism/organizing experience required.
•    Build one-on-one relationships with workers.
•    Recruit and develop the leadership ability of workplace leaders and worker committees.
•    Motivate individual workers and groups of workers to take action.
•    Engage workers in broader union efforts to bring pressure to bear on industry sectors.
•    Coordinate with workers to gather information that is useful in identifying opportunities for membership growth and mobilization.
•    Commitment to social justice and worker's rights required.
•    Willingness to conduct house visits and store visits.
•    Ability to engage and inspire people regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, language, class and/or experiences is required.
•    Must be flexible and willing to work long irregular hours, early mornings, evenings, and weekends
•    Must have a reliable insured car and valid driver's license.
•    Must be able to work in a fast-paced team environment.
•    Basic writing and computer skills, general knowledge of Microsoft Office.
•    Preferably live centrally within Local 1500’s jurisdiction.
•    Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
•    Bilingual speaking (Spanish) is preferred.


This position offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.  The duration of the program is expected to last approximately 3-6 months and can be extended.

To apply:

E-mail cover letter and resume with subject line “Intern/SPUR” to jobs@ufcw1500.org. Please be as specific as possible in cover letter with experience and skills that you have and include why you want to be a Union Organizer for UFCW Local 1500. No mail applications. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Position will remain open until filled.

The United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1500 is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.

Next General Membership Meeting: June 8th

Come meet your new Union president Tony Speelman at our next General Membership Meeting!
June 8th @ 7PM
+UFCW Local 1500 : 425 Merrick Ave. Westbury, NY 11590

Refreshments will be served. Updates on current contract negotiations, union campaigns and summer events/fundraising opportunities.

But most importantly, come meet and speak with the new president of UFCW Local 1500, Tony Speelman!