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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.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact me at new email address ( or via my Gmail account at or 718-689-2508.

With many thanks,

-tara martin

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


Twitter: @TaraMartinRWDSU

G-Chat: TaraMartinNYC

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, 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’ Rights:

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

Labor/Community Alliances:

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


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