Friends and Colleagues,
After nearly three years as Communications Director of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, I have moved on to a new challenge – serving as the new Communications Director for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).
I am grateful for the experience of having worked with so many talented and always accessible media colleagues and in conjunction with some of the most innovative and progressive people in Westchester.
I am honored to have served the people of Westchester (and, finally be among them as a resident of Yonkers) in my capacity at the BOL.
I look forward to continuing to work with you in my new capacity, and I am excited about the work being done here at the RWDSU, and I’m sure that our paths will continue to cross.
With many thanks,
PS: If you’d like to learn more about the RWDSU, I’ve attached a brief backgrounder on our union and the amazing work we’ve been doing throughout the country. Again, I look forward to pitching you directly about some of our organizing efforts very soon!
Tara L. Martin, Director of Communications
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)
30 East 29th Street, New York NY 10016
Phone: 212.684.5300 x122 Fax: 212.779.2809 Cell: 347.416.3288
The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), UFCW, represents 100,000 workers in the United State, with 45,000 residing in New York City. The RWDSU represents predominantly low-wage workers in a wide variety of occupations that range from food processing to retail to manufacturing to service and health care.
Focused on uniting workers within the public and private sectors to improve their lives and the services they provide, the RWDSU encompasses:
Poultry workers in the Southern states
Supermarket workers from Brooklyn to Binghamton
Retail workers from Guitar Center, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, H&M in the Northeast
Candy, juice, cereal and dairy workers in the Mid-West
Soft drink bottlers in New England
Car wash workers from New York City
Government employees and home health aides in the Mid-Atlantic
Based in New York City, the union is deeply involved in progressive activism and movements for economic and social justice. Its membership is united by a shared commitment to raising job standards across industries and occupations.
Retail Union Backs Quinn in Mayor Race
New York Times, January 30, 2013
New York mayoral hopefuls going to great lengths…and distances…to win City Hall NY Daily News, December 22, 2012
RWDSU Comes Out Early and Strong for Obama
Politicker.com, November 17, 2011
Unions blast Dems’ Walmart ‘blood $$’
New York Post, August 24, 2010
Appelbaum Wants Paterson Out, Urges Cuomo to Run for Gov
New York Observer, January 20, 2010
Car wash cleans up
New York Daily News, June 1, 2013
Guitar Center Employees Unionize in New York
Rolling Stone magazine, May 25, 2013
Car Wash Workers Ratify First Union Contract In New York City
Huffington Post, May 28, 2013
Waiting on Walmart: Understanding Retail at the National Retail Federation Expo
Huffington Post, January 11, 2013
Local pols step up anti-Wal-Mart pressure
Crain’s Business New York, April 24, 2012
Shoe Mania workers get new union contract
Crain’s New York Business, April 4, 2012
Ending Strike, Mott’s Plant Union Accepts Deal
New York Times, September 13, 2010
No Strike at Macy’s
New York Times, June 16, 2011
Workers of the World, Sit Tight
New York Times Magazine, February 3, 2013
Labor leaders to visit Bloomie’s
Crain’s New York Business, April 10, 2012
Working People Are Hurting This Labor Day
Huffington Post, September 2, 2011
Low-wage workers will rally on ‘Day of Action’ NY Daily News, July 16, 2012
NYC Retail Workers Win Settlement, Look to Fight for Living Wage
Labor Notes, July 14, 2010
U.S. retailers bear responsibility for Bangladesh tragedy
NY Amsterdam News, May 23, 2013
WASH New York group campaigns to clean up labor abuses in car wash industry New York Daily News, April 1, 2012
Bronx Beep to back ice rinks at Kingsbridge Armory Crain’s Business New York, August 22, 2012
Appelbaum Ties Shirtwaist To Living Wage Campaign
New York Observer, March 25, 2011
Seeking Energy, Unions Join Protest Against Wall Street
New York Times, October 5, 2011
Occupy Movement Inspires Unions to Embrace Bold Tactics
New York Times, November 8, 2011
For more information or to arrange interview with workers or RWDSU staff, please contact the Communications Department at 212.684.5300 or TMartin@rwdsu.org.