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Local 338’s mission has, and always will be, to better the lives of working people. Since our formation in 1925, Local 338 has focused on organizing non-union workers across New York, bringing them better working conditions and fair wages. Today, over 90 years since our founding, we are over 13,000 members strong, representing workers in diverse industries, including grocery and traditional retail, pharmacies, cannabis, healthcare, transportation, building and maintenance, as well as non-profit organizations and the public sector.

Labor unions represent some of the core values of our country, and we believe it is our duty to provide a safe workplace with fair working conditions for the people we represent. However, our advocacy isn’t simply limited to the workplace. In fact, we recognize the connection between what happens on the job and in a worker’s home.

As a result, through events like food, toy, coat and school supply drives, we regularly volunteer and give back to the communities we represent. Local 338 champions education, which is why we annually award scholarships to members and their dependents through Local 338 Charities, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization we founded in 2015. We also proudly advocate for all working people through our political and legislative action on the state and local level. In the past, we have been part of campaigns centered on item pricing, wage theft protections and living wage provisions, ensuring that all working people, including those not represented by Local 338, are able to provide for themselves and their families.

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2021

RELEASE: Cannabis Legalization Provides Opportunity for Working People (January 6, 2020)

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2020

CBS News - Bronx Grocery Store Suddenly Lets Go Workers Who Risked Their Health To Help Others During Height Of Pandemic (August 10, 2020)

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/08/10/coronavirus-covid-19-riverdale-key-food-workers-let-go-cbs2-demanding-answers/

The Riverdale Press - Union workers want jobs back at Key Food (August 2, 2020)

https://riverdalepress.com/stories/union-workers-want-jobs-back-at-key-food,72261

New York Times - A Wrinkle in Stores’ Mask Policies: Enforcement (July 29, 2020)

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/29/business/coronavirus-masks-stores-walmart.html

NY1 - Stop & Shop Workers Fight to Get Hazard Pay Reinstated (July 21, 2020)

https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/business/2020/07/22/stop---shop-workers-fight-to-get-hazard-pay-reinstated

LaborPress - The Hazard Isn’t Over: Frontline Workers Urge Public To Support Them In The Fight For More COVID-19 Protections (July 16, 2020)

http://laborpress.org/the-hazard-isnt-over-frontline-workers-urge-public-to-support-them-in-the-fight-for-more-covid-19-protections/

New York Times - ‘Hero’ Pay Raises Disappear for Many Essential Workers (July 14, 2020)

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/business/coronavirus-essential-workers-pay-raises.html

NY1 - De Blasio Issues Mandate to Wear Face Coverings at Grocery Stores (April 15, 2020)

https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/coronavirus-blog/2020/04/16/grocery-store-face-coverings

Time– 'I’ve Never Been So Afraid.' 5 Employees on the Everyday Terror of Working in Grocery Stores During the Pandemic (April 9, 2020)

https://time.com/collection/coronavirus-heroes/5816884/grocery-store-workers-coronavirus/

City & State - Front-line workers hope newfound respect leads to better conditions (April 3, 2020)

https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/policy/labor/front-line-workers-hope-newfound-respect-leads-better-conditions.html

The Riverdale Press The Leader-Herald - New union contract at Vireo OK’d (January 20, 2020)- Union workers want jobs back at Key Food (August 2, 2020)

https://www.leaderherald.com/news/local-news/2020/01/new-union-contract-at-vireo-okd/

2019

Rolling Stone - Meet America’s Most Powerful Cannabis Union (June 14, 2019)

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/cannabis-weed-union-jobs-ufcw-846505/

Newsday – Advocates lobby LI state lawmakers to support legalization of marijuana (June 11, 2019)

 https://www.newsday.com/long-island/politics/marijuana-state-senate-bill-1.32227841