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    Jan 24, 2022

    OGDENSBURG, NY NATIVE ELECTED TO UNION’S SECOND HIGHEST POSITION

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 24, 2022 Contact: Chelsea Connor | [email protected] | 347-866-6259 OGDENSBURG, NY NATIVE ELECTED TO UNION’S SECOND HIGHEST POSITION Robert Layng, Jr. Elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (NEW YORK, NY) – On Tuesday, January 18, 2022, Robert Layng, Jr., was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). The RWDSU represents approximately 45,000 workers in New York State and 100,000 across the country in a wide range of industries including workers in retail, grocery, pharmacy, food service, food processing, cannabis, warehousing, nursing homes, non-profits and agriculture – representing New York’s first ever unionized farmworkers. “I could not be more honored and humbled to have been elected to fill the role of Secretary-Treasurer of the RWDSU. I want to thank RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum for his trust and nomination, my parents for the work ethic they instilled in me and my entire family for their support. RWDSU members are facing some of the most extraordinary challenges they’ve ever seen as many continue to fulfill essential and frontline positions in the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever our union is supporting and ensuring workers have the critical support they need both at work and at home. I am proud of the tireless work of the RWDSU and the example Jack Wurm Jr. set, and I look forward to continue to propel the worker-driven mission of the RWDSU,” said Robert Layng, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).  “I am excited about Bob Layng becoming the RWDSU’s next secretary-treasurer. He is an extraordinary individual with great talent, who cares deeply about people. He has played an important role in the work of the union throughout the years; and now in his new position he will be able to make even more of a difference in the lives of working people,” said Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).  Robert Layng, Jr. began his career with the RWDSU as an intern in 1996 and has held numerous positions within the union including Operations Manager, Comptroller and most recently Executive Assistant to the President. Layng was elected by the Union’s Executive Board to fill the remainder of the term vacated by retiring RWDSU Secretary-Treasurer Jack Wurm, Jr. Layng, formerly of Ogdensburg, New York is the son of Robert Layng and the late Davalene Layng and has been married for over 30 years to his wife Lenore and together they have a 21-year-old son Miles. Layng is a 1985 graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy and a 1997 graduate of SUNY Old Westbury.  # # # The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) represents 100,000 members throughout the United States. The RWDSU is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). For more information, please visit our website at www.rwdsu.org, Facebook:/RWDSU.UFCW Twitter:@RWDSU.
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    Jan 11, 2022

    NLRB DIRECTS MAIL-IN BALLOT ELECTION AT AMAZON IN BESSEMER, ALABAMA

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2022 Contact: Chelsea Connor | [email protected] | 347-866-6259 NLRB DIRECTS MAIL-IN BALLOT ELECTION AT AMAZON IN BESSEMER, ALABAMA (BESSEMER, AL) – Today, the Director of Region 10 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued the Notice of Election, outlining the terms of the new union election for workers at Amazon in Bessemer, Alabama. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) issued the following statement:  “Amazon’s misconduct during the first union election so tainted the outcome that the NLRB overturned the results and directed a second election for workers in Bessemer, Alabama. We are deeply concerned that the decision fails to adequately prevent Amazon from continuing its objectionable behavior in a new election. We proposed to the NLRB a number of remedies that could have made the process fairer to workers, which were not taken up in the Notice of Election issued today. Workers' voices can and must be heard fairly, unencumbered by Amazon’s limitless power to control what must be a fair and free election, and we will continue to hold them accountable for their actions.”  # # #   The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) represents 100,000 members throughout the United States. The RWDSU is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). For more information, please visit our website at www.rwdsu.org, Facebook:/RWDSU.UFCW Twitter:@RWDSU.    
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