Spotlight on Local 338 Members 

Local 338 members take great pride in their work and their union! Some of our members are using their unique abilities and special talents to do more outside of the workplace. Whether they are giving back to their communities by organizing coat drives or volunteering at local soup kitchens, writing children’s books, making beautiful works of art, or even winning scholarships for their academic excellence, Local 338 members add tremendous value to our union family.

Check out some of our featured members! If you or a coworker have a talent or recent accomplishment you’d like to share with us, please contact Andrew Koven at 516-294-1338, ext. 1320 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be considered in our next Member Spotlight! 

The Night Crew Whisperer,
Michael Colaizzo

Local 338 Executive Board Member Michael Colaizzo grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and joined Local 338 as a part-timer working at the Big Apple Supermarket in Manhattan. 

Eileen Snyder Santa Claus,
the Essential Worker

Eileen Snyder, who works at Shop & Stop in Massapequa, has been a proud and loyal Local 338 member since 1973 and was recently appointed the Shop Steward for her store. 

Congratulations to this Year’s RWDSU Scholarship Recipients Brandon & Megan!

We are pleased to announce that Local 338 members Brandon Clack and Megan Fox are this year’s RWDSU Alvin E. Heaps Scholarship winners! 

Dave Brown: The Neighborhood’s Coach 

Local 338 Executive Board Member, Dave Brown, has supported his community in Queens for over 44 years. Joining Local 338 in 1978 as a Waldbaum’s employee, Dave wanted to create more change in his union to benefit of his fellow members.

Ed Clampitt: Lost & Found

Over the last few months, stopping to have a friendly conversation seems like something we’ve all taken for granted. Unfortunately, shoppers in grocery stores forget the workers they see stocking the shelves or helping customers at check-out are real people with emotions and stories.

TrackManiaMatt: A YouTube Personality

Gabriela Reyes is the recipient of this year’s Local 338 Nassau Community College Scholarship! Gabriela has been a member of Local 338 for two years and works at ShopRite.

Flexing His Union Muscles: Brad Worfler

Executive Board Member Brad Worfler brings a whole new meaning to the term, Union Strong. Brad demonstrates a passionate interest in the welfare of his fellow members, first becoming a Local 338 Shop Steward at ShopRite in 2013,

Lucy “the Light” Pfeffer

Over the last few months, stopping to have a friendly conversation seems like something we’ve all taken for granted. Unfortunately, shoppers in grocery stores forget the workers they see stocking the shelves or helping customers at check-out are real people with emotions and stories.

Congratulations Gabriela Reyes!

Gabriela Reyes is the recipient of this year’s Local 338 Nassau Community College Scholarship! Gabriela has been a member of Local 338 for two years and works at ShopRite.

A Misunderstood Industry: Effy Nichols

The medical cannabis industry and its workers can be misunderstood. Individuals who utilize medicinal cannabis products use them to treat severe symptoms of incredibly uncomfortable medical conditions, such as cancer or multiple sclerosis.

Taking a Risk to Support Her Community: Deneen Grant

For many elderly New York residents, shopping for groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic has become a life or death challenge. Technology has made online shopping and delivery more accessible, but only for those who are comfortable with using these services.

Your Friendly Neighbor, Bobby Collette

Local 338 Executive Board Member, Robert “Bobby” Collette, grew up in a strong union household in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, with his father being a devoted member of the Teamsters. Bobby was raised with union values of solidarity and standing with your fellow workers. 

Wally Waugh A Voice in His Union and His Community

Walford “Wally” Waugh has been a Local 338 member for 35 years and has served on the Executive Board since 2016. Wally is a friendly, well-known face by members, known for his cheerful attitude and happy-go-lucky demeanor. Anyone who meets Wally is instantly drawn in by his magnetic personality.

Poetry through the Pandemic: Geanene Anderson

In times of uncertainty and anxiety, people seek to explore their artistic character in order to organize chaotic thoughts or release unearthed emotion. Local 338 retiree, Ms. Geanene Anderson often expresses herself through visual art or written poetry.

"Stone Cold" Katie Moore

Throughout history, the Olympic sport of wrestling has brought names like Hulk Hogan, Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson and Andre the Giant to discussions at the dining room table with the family. Men have dominated the sport for centuries. However, bursting through the glass-ceiling, the wrestling world will have a new household name to remember - Katie Moore.

Kassan Seisay Local 338’s MVP

Kassan Seisay has been a Local 338 member for nearly four years, working at Vireo Health, New York’s medical cannabis dispensary in White Plains. His dedication and enthusiasm as a union member, Shop Steward, and now Local 338 Advisory Board Member have been enormously helpful in negotiating a strong union contract for his coworkers and also in our efforts to advocate for the legalization of adult-use cannabis.

Joseph Quercia Our Executive Board Quarterback

In times of uncertainty and anxiety, people seek to explore their artistic character in order to organize chaotic thoughts or release unearthed emotion. Local 338 retiree, Ms. Geanene Anderson often expresses herself through visual art or written poetry.

Have a Great Retirement, Yolanda!

Yolanda Fiorentino has been a Local 338 member for 46 years. She works at Gristedes in Manhattan and will be retiring at the end of February! Yolanda has been a loyal and dependable member. Her coworkers and fellow union brothers and sisters know Yolanda by her can-do attitude and approachable demeanor.

Our First Suffolk County Community College Scholarship Winner: Virginia Libretti

Earlier this year, we launched the Local 338 scholarship at Suffolk Community College and we are pleased to announce we have our first winner! Virginia Libretti is a Local 338 member who has worked at the ShopRite in Selden for the past two years. 

Congratulations to Our 2019 RWDSU Scholarship Winner!

We are proud to recognize McKenzie Rivera, who is the winner of the 2019 RWDSU Scholarship! Her mother, Erica Rodriguez, is a Local 338 member working at Stop & Shop in Belle Harbor. When she heard about the scholarship opportunity, she encouraged her daughter to apply for it! 

Catering Love with Danielle Marchesano

Danielle Marchesano began her career as Local 338 member 31 years ago when she began working part-time at Waldbaum’s as a bookkeeper while attending John Jay College. Over her time at Waldbaum’s, she worked at a number of different locations and even helped open the two stores that were located in Valley Stream and Oceanside. In 2015, Danielle began working at the Stop & Shop in Bay Terrace where she is the Customer Service Department Head.

Local 338's Super Member Monday

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Akeem Anderson

It’s Super Member Monday and this is Akeem Anderson. He’s been a Local 388 member for nearly 7 years and works at Gristedes of Manhattan. Akeem loves to read Science Fiction novels, especially those about Sea Monsters and novels written by Black American authors! In 2015, Akeem was honored as the Gristedes employee of the year! Thank you for adding tremendous value to our Union Family!

Brandon Roach

It’s Super Member Monday and this is Brandon Roach. He’s been a Local 388 member for nearly 2 years and works at Stop & Shop of Shirley. Brandon is a newly inducted Eagle Scout after gathering merit badges since he was 7 years old! His Eagle Scout project helped build four beautifully decorated storage benches for Ms. Seigersin’s Special Education Classroom at Center Moriches High School.

John DiFillipo

John DiFillipo has been an L388 member for nearly 6 years and works at Stop & Shop of West Hempstead. John loves music. His favorite genres are Classic and Alternative Rock, Metal and Hip-Hop from the 90s. In John’s spare time, he enjoys preparing speeches and readings for his Saturday night Neo Catechumenal Way mass. He loves going to Church 2-3 times a week. 

Dave Brown

This is Dave! He’s been a Local 388 member for nearly 45 years and works at Food Universe of Brooklyn. Dave is a member of Local 338’s Executive Board and feels proud to be part of strengthening our Labor Movement! In Dave’s spare time, he enjoys coaching young basketball players and traveling the country through his Basketball Youth Organization. 

Tina Schmidt

It’s Super Member Monday and this is Tina. She’s been an Local 388 member for nearly 30 years and works at Stop & Shop of Rocky Point. Tina loves to spend time with her children, scrapbooking and loves anything that has to do with art!

Julian Hunt

Its Super Member Monday and this is Julian. Hes been a Local 388 member for nearly 13 years and works at Stop & Shop of West Hempstead. Julian has been participating in the Special Olympics for the past 10 years, winning 48 Gold, 30 Silver and 23 Bronze medals. His favorite sports are Hockey, Soccer, Bowling, Track & Field and Snow Shoeing. 

Wally Waugh

Its Super Member Monday and this is Wally. Hes been a Local 338 member for nearly 35 years and serves as a Local 338 Executive Board Member. Wally has been playing the piano since he was four years old and is trained in classical music.

Sandy Cywinski

Its Super Member Monday and this is Sandy Cywinski. She has been a Local 338 member for 4 years! Sandy works at Stop & Shop as the Cash Office Manager. She is the proud mom of two boys who are 16 and 20. Her oldest son works with her at Stop & Shop. 

Brandon Folge

It's Super Member Monday and this is Brandon Folge. He has been a Local 338 member for 6 years! Brandon works at Food Universe in the Diary Department. He is the proud father of a beautiful 4-year-old daughter who he loves to spend time with. 

Dilek Yurek

It’s Super Member Monday and this is Dilek. She’s been an L388 member for nearly 16 years and works at Stop & Shop of Bayside. Dilek recieved her Bachelor's degree in Economics in her native country, Turkey. She took baking classes in Turkey and is looking to start her own dessert catering business. Dilek is currently enrolled in UFCW Free Online Language Classes! 

Braham Ajana

This is Brahim. He’s been an Local 338 member for nearly 30 years and works at ShopRite. Brahim loves attending the Labor Day Parade! He is an active mountain biker and participated in races in Vermont where he often does jumps and bike tricks. 

Danielle Marchesano

She has been a Local 338 member for 31 years! Danielle is a longtime competitive bowler and has proudly bowled in the "Tuesday Night Mix" in Syosset. For the past two years, Danielle has owned her own catering business, "Eatery & Events." In addition, Danielle contributes yearly to our Local 338 Food and Clothing Drives. 

Eddie Quezada

Its Super Member Monday and this is Eddie Quezada. He has been a Local 338 member for 32 years! Eddie currently works at Stop & Shop, where he is the Shop Steward. He loves to help new members and the people in his store. He is also a member of the Local 338 Executive Board! Eddie's son is also a proud member of Local 338! Eddie and his family come out every year to join us at the Labor Day Parade. 

Jerry DeCola

Jerry has been a union member for 43 years! He currently works at ShopRite where he is the Shop Steward. He is also a member of the Local 338 Executive Board. 

Leslie Davis

This is Lesley Davis, check out why Lesley is our featured Super Member! If this isn't enough, she also writes poetry and has been doing so since she was 8 years old. Awesome job, Lesley.

Vincent Conte

He works as a bakery clerk at Stop & Shop in Howard Beach. Vincent has been a Local 338 member for 38 years and is retiring at the end of this month. We wish you all the best in your retirement, Vinny! We are so proud to have you in our union family!

Gilbert Simmons

Gilbert works at IAHD and has been a Local 338 member since 2002! Gilbert is a Shop Steward & enjoys teaching children to be charitable. Way to go, Super member! 

Wilbert Jacobs

We are proud to feature Wilbert as he gets ready to retire from his job, but not from his union. We here at local 338 are so proud of all your years of service and wish you the best in your retirement

Astrid Ramos

She is a long time member and Local 338 member (Over 30 Years!) and first started when she was in high school. She's an employee at Food Universe & enjoys spending time with her daughters. Thank you, Astrid for all of your hard work over the years!

Greta Glasgow

This is Greta, an employee at IAHD & an L338 member of 17 years. She is a Shop Steward & volunteers time at her church to packaging food for those in need. Members like you really do make our union

Max Schiffman

This is Max Schiffman, an employee at Gristedes and Local 338 member of 34 years! He is also a Shop Steward, a very active union role. Thank you for adding value to our union family, Max. Members like you really do make our union Super!

Melina Ortiz

This is Melina Ortiz and she works at Duane Reade and has been a memeber for 5 years. She loves spending time with her family. We are very proud to feature Melina Ortiz as a Super Member Monday!

Stacey Wilson

This is Stacy, and he has been a long time member, Shop Steward and Deli Manager at Foodtown. We are proud of the super work and his involvement with our Union. Thank you Stacy for being a Super Member and making our union what it is today!

Joe Volkens

Joe is a worker at Stop and Shop in Howard Beach and has been a member of Local 338 for 18 years. We are very proud to feature him and what a great ambassador he is for our union!