U.F.C.W. Local 1776: Wendell W. Young, III Does It Again

Jul 01, 1998, 01:00 ET from United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776

    NORRISTOWN, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In his 17th (seventeenth) consecutive
 union election, Wendell W. Young, III has been, once again, elected President
 of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1776.  Joining the Union's President
 Wendell W. Young, III as Secretary-Treasurer and Recorder respectively are Mr.
 Herman Wooden and Mr. Thomas Lazur.  The election was by acclamation and was
 held simultaneously at 7:00 p.m. this evening in Norristown, Harrisburg, State
 College and Wilkes-Barre.  In addition to ratifying the union's three top
 officers, the following list (according to occupation) of 36 vice presidents &
 executive board members were also elected as well as three sargents-at-arms:
 
     Retail Food
     Larry Vitale Acme #1704 - Philadelphia
     Bob Waller Acme #1542 - Philadelphia
     Linda Merkey Laneco #2- Allentown
     James Morrow PLCB #2301 - Delaware Co.
     Rick DeWees SuperFresh #248- Chester Co.
     Elaine Nusser SuperFresh #245- Philadelphia
 
     Non-Food
     Edith Harrell Rite Aid #1288- Philadelphia
     Barbara Johnson Berks Heim - Reading
 
     Professional
     Najee Ali PA College of Optometry - Philadelphia
 
     Food Processing
     Francis Medvid Knouse Foods - Gettysburg
 
     At-Large
     Lou Bucci Local 1776 Staff - Bucks Co.
     John Chernesky  Local 1776 Staff - Luzerne Co.
     Ed Chew Local 1776 Staff - Philadelphia Co.
     Nick Farina Local 1776 Staff - Montgomery Co.
     Russ Fowble Local 1776 Staff - Harrisburg
     Charles Gentile Local 1776 Staff - Chester Co.
     Rich Godwin Local 1776 Staff - Philadelphia
     Michele Kessler Local 1776 Staff - Wilkes-Barre
     John Meyerson  Local 1776 Staff - Philadelphia
     Eloise Mullen Local 1776 Staff - Delaware Co.
     Wendell W. Young, IV Local 1776 Staff - Montgomery Co.
     James Del Brocco - ACME # 1733 - Delaware Co.
     Edward Buchinsky BI-LO #272 - Schuylkill Co.
     Michael Gray BI-LO #279 - Lycoming Co.
     James McCaffrey BI-LO #332 - Schuylkill Co.
     Stephen Wallace BI-LO #328 - Luzerne Co.
     Thomas Williams BI-LO #315 - Lackawanna Co.
     Doris Bailor Empire Kosher - Juniata Co.
     Gerald Lotwick Hershey Chocolate - Schuylkill Co.
     Martha Shebosky  Laneco #910 - Schuylkill Co.
     Faye Uhrich Pennfield - Lebanon Co.
     Bill Brodbeck PLCB #4024 - Luzerne Co.
     Joanne Walls Shop Rite Liberty #249 - Sullivan Co.
     Peter Webby Valley Crest - Luzerne Co.
     Carl Cain Wise Foods - Luzerne Co.
     Theodore Smith Wise Foods - Columbia Co.
 
     Sgt.-At-Arms
     John Harley Acme #1520 - Philadelphia
     Charles Loscalzo Bradlees - Delaware Co.
     Patricia Boyle Staff - Bucks Co.
 
     In 1962 as a part-time employee of Acme Markets, Mr. Young was first
 elected to lead Retail Clerks International Association Local 1357, which is
 today UFCW Local 1776 representing over 26,000 workers in the Eastern Half of
 Pennsylvania.
 
     The union's accomplishments include:
     -- 1998: Merging over 6,000 UFCW members from Northeastern Pennsylvania's
 Local 72 into Local 1776 for stronger bargaining power and greater efficiency
 and service;
     -- 1997: Defending rights and living standards of striking Pennsylvania
 State Employees Credit Union workers throughout 92-day strike;
     -- 1971-98: Protecting Pennsylvania State Liquor Store clerks' jobs from
 downsizing privatization schemes by corporations and Governors Shapp,
 Thornburgh and Ridge;
     -- 1962-98: Establishing labor contracts to protect wages and jobs as well
 as improve coverage for medical, dental, vision and prescription benefits of
 workers in increasing numbers within wide spectrum of occupations;
     -- 1962-98: Enforcing and securing pensions for union's retirees;
     -- 1982-98: Negotiating Physical fitness and Well Being benefits for
 exercise club memberships;
     -- 1986-98: Negotiating innovative tuition assistance program for union
 members ($1,000 per year) and their children ($300 per year) to attend trade
 schools and universities (This program received International Foundation For
 Employee Benefits award for Creative Excellence in 1994.);
     -- 1987-98: Negotiating childcare benefits by way of  union's fund-
 sponsored childcare centers and program for vouchers for eligible members;
 
     Advocating Living Standards and Job Security
     -- 1962-98: Opposing corporate downsizing and standing up for laws that
 prevent companies from abandoning employees;
     -- 1962-98: Structuring employee ownership as well as profit-sharing and
 gains-sharing plans for workers: leading the way for Acme workers to prevent
 the sell-off of Acme in 1991 and SuperFresh workers to bring the closed
 Philadelphia A&P division back to life in 1982;
     -- 1991-96:  Enforcing standards of justice for workers as one of
 Pennsylvania's three Labor relations Board Commissioners;
     -- 1995-98: Acting on behalf of 1.3 million UFCW members as Vice President
 of United Food & Commercial Workers International Union;
 
     TALKING UNIONS, Labor Radio WHAT 1340 AM Philadelphia & WCXJ 1550 AM
 Pittsburgh -- Friday Mornings from 7 to 10
     Since June 1995, Wendell W. Young, III has hosted a live talk radio
 program, which airs in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.  "By voicing union
 members' issues, we are empowering workers and their families with information
 on benefits, job security, training and education programs as well as the laws
 and political issues that impact everyone's rights for decent treatment at
 work.  It also provides a forum for union members to raise the questions and
 comments that concern them,"
     -- Wendell W. Young, III
 
     Supporting Communities For a Better Life
     -- 1990-98: Shop Union programs to encourage the public to shop in
 unionized stores for union made goods;
     -- 1993-98: Opposing damage to jobs and small business caused by Super
 Kmart, Wal-Mart and Warehouse clubs low wage, lack of affordable benefits,
 lack of pension and refusal to honor seniority and other basic principles of
 equity for employees;
     -- 1995-98: Organizing over one thousand non-union workers into Local 1776
 for better wages, better benefits and improved working conditions from diverse
 occupations including health services, clerical workers, food retail, food
 preparation and service, food processing, drug store employees as well as
 internet providers and computer professionals.
     CONTACT:  Wendell W. Young, III, President, or John Lavin, Public
 Relations, of UFCW Local 1776, 610-940-1812.
 
 

SOURCE United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776
    NORRISTOWN, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In his 17th (seventeenth) consecutive
 union election, Wendell W. Young, III has been, once again, elected President
 of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1776.  Joining the Union's President
 Wendell W. Young, III as Secretary-Treasurer and Recorder respectively are Mr.
 Herman Wooden and Mr. Thomas Lazur.  The election was by acclamation and was
 held simultaneously at 7:00 p.m. this evening in Norristown, Harrisburg, State
 College and Wilkes-Barre.  In addition to ratifying the union's three top
 officers, the following list (according to occupation) of 36 vice presidents &
 executive board members were also elected as well as three sargents-at-arms:
 
     Retail Food
     Larry Vitale Acme #1704 - Philadelphia
     Bob Waller Acme #1542 - Philadelphia
     Linda Merkey Laneco #2- Allentown
     James Morrow PLCB #2301 - Delaware Co.
     Rick DeWees SuperFresh #248- Chester Co.
     Elaine Nusser SuperFresh #245- Philadelphia
 
     Non-Food
     Edith Harrell Rite Aid #1288- Philadelphia
     Barbara Johnson Berks Heim - Reading
 
     Professional
     Najee Ali PA College of Optometry - Philadelphia
 
     Food Processing
     Francis Medvid Knouse Foods - Gettysburg
 
     At-Large
     Lou Bucci Local 1776 Staff - Bucks Co.
     John Chernesky  Local 1776 Staff - Luzerne Co.
     Ed Chew Local 1776 Staff - Philadelphia Co.
     Nick Farina Local 1776 Staff - Montgomery Co.
     Russ Fowble Local 1776 Staff - Harrisburg
     Charles Gentile Local 1776 Staff - Chester Co.
     Rich Godwin Local 1776 Staff - Philadelphia
     Michele Kessler Local 1776 Staff - Wilkes-Barre
     John Meyerson  Local 1776 Staff - Philadelphia
     Eloise Mullen Local 1776 Staff - Delaware Co.
     Wendell W. Young, IV Local 1776 Staff - Montgomery Co.
     James Del Brocco - ACME # 1733 - Delaware Co.
     Edward Buchinsky BI-LO #272 - Schuylkill Co.
     Michael Gray BI-LO #279 - Lycoming Co.
     James McCaffrey BI-LO #332 - Schuylkill Co.
     Stephen Wallace BI-LO #328 - Luzerne Co.
     Thomas Williams BI-LO #315 - Lackawanna Co.
     Doris Bailor Empire Kosher - Juniata Co.
     Gerald Lotwick Hershey Chocolate - Schuylkill Co.
     Martha Shebosky  Laneco #910 - Schuylkill Co.
     Faye Uhrich Pennfield - Lebanon Co.
     Bill Brodbeck PLCB #4024 - Luzerne Co.
     Joanne Walls Shop Rite Liberty #249 - Sullivan Co.
     Peter Webby Valley Crest - Luzerne Co.
     Carl Cain Wise Foods - Luzerne Co.
     Theodore Smith Wise Foods - Columbia Co.
 
     Sgt.-At-Arms
     John Harley Acme #1520 - Philadelphia
     Charles Loscalzo Bradlees - Delaware Co.
     Patricia Boyle Staff - Bucks Co.
 
     In 1962 as a part-time employee of Acme Markets, Mr. Young was first
 elected to lead Retail Clerks International Association Local 1357, which is
 today UFCW Local 1776 representing over 26,000 workers in the Eastern Half of
 Pennsylvania.
 
     The union's accomplishments include:
     -- 1998: Merging over 6,000 UFCW members from Northeastern Pennsylvania's
 Local 72 into Local 1776 for stronger bargaining power and greater efficiency
 and service;
     -- 1997: Defending rights and living standards of striking Pennsylvania
 State Employees Credit Union workers throughout 92-day strike;
     -- 1971-98: Protecting Pennsylvania State Liquor Store clerks' jobs from
 downsizing privatization schemes by corporations and Governors Shapp,
 Thornburgh and Ridge;
     -- 1962-98: Establishing labor contracts to protect wages and jobs as well
 as improve coverage for medical, dental, vision and prescription benefits of
 workers in increasing numbers within wide spectrum of occupations;
     -- 1962-98: Enforcing and securing pensions for union's retirees;
     -- 1982-98: Negotiating Physical fitness and Well Being benefits for
 exercise club memberships;
     -- 1986-98: Negotiating innovative tuition assistance program for union
 members ($1,000 per year) and their children ($300 per year) to attend trade
 schools and universities (This program received International Foundation For
 Employee Benefits award for Creative Excellence in 1994.);
     -- 1987-98: Negotiating childcare benefits by way of  union's fund-
 sponsored childcare centers and program for vouchers for eligible members;
 
     Advocating Living Standards and Job Security
     -- 1962-98: Opposing corporate downsizing and standing up for laws that
 prevent companies from abandoning employees;
     -- 1962-98: Structuring employee ownership as well as profit-sharing and
 gains-sharing plans for workers: leading the way for Acme workers to prevent
 the sell-off of Acme in 1991 and SuperFresh workers to bring the closed
 Philadelphia A&P division back to life in 1982;
     -- 1991-96:  Enforcing standards of justice for workers as one of
 Pennsylvania's three Labor relations Board Commissioners;
     -- 1995-98: Acting on behalf of 1.3 million UFCW members as Vice President
 of United Food & Commercial Workers International Union;
 
     TALKING UNIONS, Labor Radio WHAT 1340 AM Philadelphia & WCXJ 1550 AM
 Pittsburgh -- Friday Mornings from 7 to 10
     Since June 1995, Wendell W. Young, III has hosted a live talk radio
 program, which airs in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.  "By voicing union
 members' issues, we are empowering workers and their families with information
 on benefits, job security, training and education programs as well as the laws
 and political issues that impact everyone's rights for decent treatment at
 work.  It also provides a forum for union members to raise the questions and
 comments that concern them,"
     -- Wendell W. Young, III
 
     Supporting Communities For a Better Life
     -- 1990-98: Shop Union programs to encourage the public to shop in
 unionized stores for union made goods;
     -- 1993-98: Opposing damage to jobs and small business caused by Super
 Kmart, Wal-Mart and Warehouse clubs low wage, lack of affordable benefits,
 lack of pension and refusal to honor seniority and other basic principles of
 equity for employees;
     -- 1995-98: Organizing over one thousand non-union workers into Local 1776
 for better wages, better benefits and improved working conditions from diverse
 occupations including health services, clerical workers, food retail, food
 preparation and service, food processing, drug store employees as well as
 internet providers and computer professionals.
     CONTACT:  Wendell W. Young, III, President, or John Lavin, Public
 Relations, of UFCW Local 1776, 610-940-1812.
 
 SOURCE  United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776