Local 338’s Leadership Team

John R. Durso has been the President of Local 338 since 1999, when he was elected for the first time after spending nearly fifteen years in different positions at the union, including organizer, union representative and Assistant to the President.

In the years leading up to his employment at Local 338, Durso worked in a variety of supermarket and warehouse jobs, where he learned the value of being a union member. He credits this experience as a learning tool for how he leads the staff and membership. “I saw the good that the union did and had the potential to do,” he said, “I wanted to be a part of that.” Durso takes pride in being able to have a positive influence on the lives of his membership and believes “every day is an opportunity to do good for the people we have the privilege to represent.”

In addition to his role as President of Local 338, he is also President of the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, a role he was first elected to in 2003. He also serves as an International Vice President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Vice President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) – a Council within the UFCW, and is a Vice President of the New York City Central Labor Council. In addition, John holds positions on the Town of Hempstead Labor Advisory Board, the Nassau County Living Wage Advisory Board, the Town of Oyster Bay Workforce Investment Boards, and Governor Cuomo’s Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.

Joseph Fontano joined the Local 338 family in June of 2006, after spending several years working in both New York State and City governments. During his time in politics, Joe worked on and managed several political campaigns on Staten Island and in Brooklyn, as well as worked in the offices of New York City Council Speakers Peter Vallone, Sr. and Gifford Miller.

Prior to his time working in government, Joe spent six years working in A&P/Waldbaums on Staten Island while attending high school and college. The years he spent in those stores gave Joe a good understanding of what Local 338’s members experience in the shops on a daily basis.

In 2015, Joe was elected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer, a role in which he fights on behalf of our members to improve their rights and protections on the job.

Neil E. Gonzalvo got his start in the labor movement shortly after graduating college in 1992. He started his career working in the claims department of a local healthcare union. It was there that he discovered his passion for helping working people and in no time, he was promoted to the position of union representative. Following his Local’s merger into another union, he joined another healthcare local union in NYC and became an organizer. As an organizer, he was responsible for the day to day representation work, as well as organizing and negotiating contracts.

In 2004, Gonzalvo came to Local 338 to work as a union representative. He moved up the ranks to become Executive Vice President in 2017. Under his leadership of the field operations, Local 338 has been able to successfully negotiate contracts with hundreds of employers, including Stop and Shop, ACME, Gristedes and ShopRite.

On a personal note, Neil is perhaps proudest of his two daughters. A self-proclaimed “dance dad,” he regularly shuttles his daughters to dance practice and attends all of their competitions.

Local 338 Funds/Service Representative, Debra Bollbach, has been a proud member of Local 338 for 42 years, having the unique experience of seeing first-hand the growth and transformation of our union. Debbie grew up in Queens, NY where she worked as a Bookkeeper in the community’s Waldbaum’s.

During her early tenure as a member, Debbie noticed she was frequently the only woman in the room during important member meetings. Equal representation and diversity are incredibly important to her, knowing more female involvement in Local 338 will only strengthen the union and our labor movement. When Local 338 leadership asked Debbie to serve as the Recording Secretary for the Executive Board, she enthusiastically agreed, becoming the first woman to ever hold that position.

When Debbie joined the Local 338 team, she was pioneer, being the second woman to ever serve on staff. Debbie says, “It is incredible to see more women involved in the labor movement. It is a welcome change from the old.” Her message to our members is this: “I promise, the union has your back. We are all a family. We are very fortunate to have such incredible members, and our members are fortunate to have a such a dedicated team ensuring their needs are met.”

Your Local 338 Executive & Advisory Board Members

John Durso
Joe Fontano
Debra Bollbach
Neil Gonzalvo

David Brown
Michael Colaizzo
Robert Collette
Jerry DeCola
Doris King
Lisa Lund
Joseph Quercia
Edwin Quezada
Kassan Seisey 
Steve Skogen
Walford Waugh 
Brad Worfler 
Fanny Jangarathis
Nikki Kateman
Rosa Martinez
Christine O'Reilly
Rosa Martinez
Michael Pasquaretta
Nelson Resto
Fred Wren 

President
Secretary- Treasurer
Recorder
Executive Vice President

Key Food
Stop & Shop
Stop & Shop
ShopRite
Acme Markets
Stop & Shop
Stop & Shop
Stop & Shop
Health New York
Surge & Quantum Rehabilitation & Nursing
Stop & Shop
ShopRite
Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW
Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW
Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW
Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW
Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW
Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW
Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW
Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW