message from the president

March 1, 2017

Your union contract ensures that you and your co-workers are safe and have benefits on the job, but the value of your union membership is worth even more than that. Your membership does not end when you punch out for the day! We are here to help you achieve a better quality of life, not only inside your workplace, but also outside. As a union member, you have additional benefits that are available exclusively to you and your family, and I strongly encourage you to take advantage of them!

Local 338 offers programs and benefits for people from all walks of life. As a recent high school graduate, you can apply for the Local 338, RWDSU, and UFCW Scholarship Programs which will help you to pursue your future endeavors. If you are a parent struggling to provide affordable, quality care for your children while you work to make ends meet, you may be eligible for the Child Care Reimbursement Benefit. Perhaps you are looking into retirement and facing stressful financial decisions, the Pension Calculator on “My Local 338” will help you plan out your future.

We also understand that sometimes other personal stresses and crises can occur that affect your daily life. We have all been in a position at one point or another when we needed some extra support and guidance, and the Member Assistance Program (MAP) is here for you. If you are struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, mental illness, domestic violence, housing or other personal problems, MAP can help you overcome these obstacles. MAP is available to all members, and all calls are confidential, so please do not hesitate to reach out to Jennifer Lipack at (516) 294-1338 Ext. 1304 for a helping hand.

Another program, and my personal favorite, is our Exclusive Member Discount Program where you can find up to 30% off of entertainment, hotels for your next family vacation, your monthly cellphone service, and much more!

Here at Local 338 we will continue to fight for strong union contracts that have wage increases, sick and vacation days, and secure retirement plans which promote economic stability for you and your family. However, we also want you to know that we are here for you at all times because you deserve these benefits for all of the hard work that you put in each and every day!

So how can YOU get the most out of your membership? Simply visit your "My Local 338" Member Portal, to find more details on each of these programs, or scroll through the Spring Edition of 338 News, or call us to learn about even more benefits that you may also be eligible for.

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LOCAL 338 RWDSU/UFCW  •  1505 Kellum Place  •  Mineola, New York 11501
Main Office (516) 294-1338  •  Union Call Center (516) 294-1338 ext. 1775  •  Medical Call Center (516) 294-1338 ext. 1776
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