Flexing His Union Muscles: Brad Worfler
Executive Board Member Brad Worfler brings a whole new meaning to the term, #UnionStrong. Brad demonstrates a passionate interest in the welfare of his fellow members, first becoming a Local 338 Shop Steward at ShopRite in 2013, and shortly after joining the Executive Board. Brad grew up in Massapequa on Long Island where he first began his twenty-two-year journey with Local 338 while working at Walbaum’s as a teenager.
Brad has always been a loyal Local 338 member since joining, attending as many member meetings and rallies as possible. One rally Brad remembers fondly was the rally against the new Walmart Food Center opening in Levittown. He also actively participates in the numerous fundraising and donation drives Local 338 helps to organize each year, including the John Theissen Children’s Foundation School Supply Drive. While on the Executive Board, Brad works hard to share important information to the hundreds of fellow members in his area.
In Brad’s free time, he enjoys powerlifting. Powerlifting is a form of competitive weightlifting broken up into three different types of competitions: squat, bench press and deadlift. Brad has only recently begun powerlifting two years ago and finds practicing for competitions fun and motivating. The past two years, Brad had participated in the “Bench for Boobs” fundraising competition in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Brad says powerlifting is far less intimidating than it looks, and anyone can do it. All you need to do is practice your technique in order to perfect your form. It is no more dangerous than hockey or football. Often times, people incorrectly assume you must be enormous in order to powerlift, but in reality, anyone of any shape or size can try it. Brad is incredibly happy that the gyms across New York are finally beginning to open so he can go back to training for his next competition. Thank you for being union strong, Brad!