Joel Rodriguez
Joel Rodriguez

Spokesperson Shoutout: Joel Rodriguez

The Member Spokesperson project has launched! We’re looking for members who are willing to serve as spokespeople for Local 338—meaning you’d* be the voices* talking to the press about the issues that affect our members*. Joel Rodriguez, a 22- year member at Foodtown in the Bronx, spoke to the New York Times about his experience as an essential worker during the pandemic. 

Before his interview, Joel’s Union Representative Ray Forbes and Communications Representative Andrew Koven helped to prepare him, giving him tips for talking to the press and answering any questions he had about the interview process. Joel said he was nervous in the beginning because he wasn’t sure what to expect but the guidance from his representatives helped to put him at ease. 

“I was a little nervous going into it because I didn’t know how it was going to go, but Andrew told me I was doing well. It was a good experience though, I enjoyed it.” 

Joel believes it’s important that Local 338 members speak up for themselves and shouldn’t be nervous about becoming spokespeople because they could end up helping others. 

“I think it helps a lot, because when you speak up for yourself, you can help other people at the same time. They see you in the news talking about issues we can all relate to. It gives people more of a motivation to speak up.” he said. 

We’re glad to have you as one of of our spokespeople, Joel! Thank you for speaking up on behalf of your fellow members. If you’re interested in becoming a Member Spokesperson or want to learn more about it, please contact Andrew Koven at (516) 294-1338 ext. 1320.
Joel Rodriguez