message from the president

November 2017

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7th!

Many people still think their vote does not impact the outcome of elections, but that is simply not true. In local elections, we see many races that are often incredibly close, and only a handful of votes truly can change the outcome. Just as one example, two years ago, we saw Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker win reelection by only 17 votes. This is proof that your vote really does matter, and who you elect matters too!

The candidate you vote for on Election Day will represent you, your family, your neighbors, your coworkers, your workplace and your community overall. The right to vote in elections is how you get the officials who share your values and needs elected. As a working person, you should be sure that the candidate you vote for agrees with the changes you want to see in your community and make the right decisions about local issues.

While you’re at the polls, also remember that this year’s election is different than any election we’ve had in the past 20 years as it’s more than various political seats that you’re voting for.

On the reverse side of your ballot, Proposal #1 will ask you to cast a vote on whether there should be a New York State Constitutional Convention. This document safeguards many of our rights and benefits which is why we must vote NO, against a Constitutional Convention. A yes vote would support a problematic, expensive, and unnecessary process. In fact, groups across all party lines and interests have come together to vote against a Constitutional Convention for both those reasons and to protect all of the hard-earned benefits we’ve fought for over the years.

Your vote is your voice. Officials cannot get elected unless YOU elect them, so let your voice be heard! Go out and vote next week, Tuesday, November 7th, to elect the candidates that will fight for a better life for you and your family. And don’t forget to flip your ballot and vote NO on Proposal #1 AGAINST a Constitutional Convention.

How you vote is a personal decision. Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW believes that this is the best choice for New York’s working families. This message is intended for the members of Local 338 as a union member communication and is not intended for public distribution.

For a list of candidates Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW has endorsed and more info on the Constitutional Convention, please log-in to your “My Local 338” account at

As Always, and In Solidarity,

John R. Durso

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