Media & Press

Local 338’s mission has, and always will be, to better the lives of working people. Since our formation in 1925, Local 338 has focused on organizing non-union workers across New York, bringing them better working conditions and fair wages. Today, over 90 years since our founding, we are over 13,000 members strong, representing workers in diverse industries, including grocery and traditional retail, pharmacies, cannabis, healthcare, transportation, building and maintenance, as well as non-profit organizations and the public sector.

Labor unions represent some of the core values of our country, and we believe it is our duty to provide a safe workplace with fair working conditions for the people we represent. However, our advocacy isn’t simply limited to the workplace. In fact, we recognize the connection between what happens on the job and in a worker’s home.

As a result, through events like food, toy, coat and school supply drives, we regularly volunteer and give back to the communities we represent. Local 338 champions education, which is why we annually award scholarships to members and their dependents through Local 338 Charities, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization we founded in 2015. We also proudly advocate for all working people through our political and legislative action on the state and local level. In the past, we have been part of campaigns centered on item pricing, wage theft protections and living wage provisions, ensuring that all working people, including those not represented by Local 338, are able to provide for themselves and their families.

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Full Coverage of Local 338 

2022 Op-Ed: The significance of Worker’s Memorial Day  (April 27, 2022) What a Surge in Union Organizing Means for Food and Farm Workers  (March 17, 2022) Op-Ed: Masks do protect us  (January 14, 2022)


Gotham Gazette: Cannabis is a Once-A-Generation Opportunity for New York, Let’s Not Waste It 
(December 28, 2021)

RELEASE: Statement on Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Statewide Mask Mandate from Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW President John R. Durso  (December 13, 2021)

Click Here to view press release - Local 338 Donates Gift Cards To Addabbo’s Office For Local Food Pantry (December 2, 2021) - North Fork vineyard workers make history as first farm laborers union in the state (November 15, 2021)

RELEASE: Union Cannabis Workers at Pharmacann Ratify New Contract  (October 23, 2021)

Click Here to view press release - Marijuana businesses and NY labor unions: Cannabis Insider Q&A (October 19, 2021)

El Diario - “Queremos dignidad y respeto”: hispanos forman el primer sindicato agrícola en la historia de Nueva York, sector azotado por alta mortalidad (October 18, 2021)

Noticia El Correo - Trabajadores de viñedos en Peconic forman 1er. sindicato agrícola en Nueva York (October 14, 2021)

Documented - 12 Workers Make History Forming New York’s First Farmworkers Union (October 13, 2021)

Daily News - Power in a union: For the first time in New York history, farmworkers organize (October 9, 2021)

Newsday - First farmworker union in New York is at Peconic vineyard (October 9, 2021)

Documented - First Farmworker Union Forms in New York State (October 8, 2021)

Black Star News - Historic Certification For First Farm Workers Union In State (October 8, 2021)

NCPR - Vineyard employees form New York's farm worker labor union (October 6, 2021)

LaborPress - NYS Farmworkers Make History As Members of Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW (October 6, 2021)

RELEASE: Historic Certification for First Farm Workers Union in New York State  (October 6, 2021)
NOTICIA DE PRENSA: Certificaión Histórica Para el Primer Sindicato de Trabajadores Agrícolas en El Estdado de Nueva York (6 de octubre de 2021)

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New York Post: New York will be buzzing with union jobs thanks to upcoming pot industry  (July 25, 2021)

RELEASE: Statement on West Hempstead Shooting  (April 20, 2021)

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RELEASE: Union Cannabis Workers at Sunnyside* Ratify First Contract  (April 15, 2021)

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LaborPress - New NY Marijuana Law Encourages Union Pot Shops (April 1, 2021)

L.A. Weekly – Cuomo Signs New York Legalization Deal Into Law (March 31, 2021)

RELEASE: Historic Cannabis Legalization Vote Passes NY Legislature  (March 30, 2021)

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RELEASE: Cannabis Legalization Provides Opportunity for Working People (January 6, 2021)

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CBS News - Bronx Grocery Store Suddenly Lets Go Workers Who Risked Their Health To Help Others During Height Of Pandemic (August 10, 2020)

The Riverdale Press - Union workers want jobs back at Key Food (August 2, 2020),72261

New York Times - A Wrinkle in Stores’ Mask Policies: Enforcement (July 29, 2020)

NY1 - Stop & Shop Workers Fight to Get Hazard Pay Reinstated (July 21, 2020)

LaborPress - The Hazard Isn’t Over: Frontline Workers Urge Public To Support Them In The Fight For More COVID-19 Protections (July 16, 2020)

New York Times - ‘Hero’ Pay Raises Disappear for Many Essential Workers (July 14, 2020)

NY1 - De Blasio Issues Mandate to Wear Face Coverings at Grocery Stores (April 15, 2020)

Time– 'I’ve Never Been So Afraid.' 5 Employees on the Everyday Terror of Working in Grocery Stores During the Pandemic (April 9, 2020)

City & State - Front-line workers hope newfound respect leads to better conditions (April 3, 2020)

The Riverdale Press The Leader-Herald - New union contract at Vireo OK’d (January 20, 2020)- Union workers want jobs back at Key Food (August 2, 2020)


Rolling Stone - Meet America’s Most Powerful Cannabis Union (June 14, 2019)

Newsday – Advocates lobby LI state lawmakers to support legalization of marijuana (June 11, 2019)