UFCW Local 1500 Endorses Michael Blake for Congress (NY-15)

Endorsement by NY grocery workers’ union marks major turn in congressional primary race.

New York, NY – Today, UFCW Local 1500 announced its endorsement of Assembly Member Michael Blake to be the next congressional representative of New York’s 15th District.

Local 1500 has over 20,000 members. It is one of the largest locals in the UFCW and the largest of New York State.

Rob Newell, President and longtime member of Local 1500, said in a statement, “The COVID-19 crisis has reminded the nation of the importance of grocery store workers, but the truth is that these people have always been essential to the health and well-being of our communities. Michael Blake understands this. He has demonstrated his commitment to unions and workers, not just when crisis strikes. He has shown us that he has what it takes to stand up for the hardworking employees who put their lives on the line in the service of others. We stand with Michael Blake and we are confident that he will fight for all of us in Congress.”


The members of UFCW Local 1500 are our unsung heroes. In this devastating pandemic, New York’s grocery store workers are risking their lives to stock the shelves so that people are fed. I am truly honored to have their endorsement, and I pledge to be their advocate on Capitol Hill. Together, we #BelieveInTheBx and we will get through this difficult time together.


— Assemblyman Michael Blake


Local 1500 is the latest organization to officially announce its support for Blake’s congressional bid. This comes on the heels of endorsements by other major unions, cultural groups, and elected officials, including two dozen New York State legislators. Residents of New York’s 15th Congressional District will cast their primary votes by mail in advance of the June 23rd Election Day.




With over 20,000 members, Local 1500 is one of the largest locals in the UFCW and the largest of New York State. The union represents men and women in Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties. Its members work for companies such as Fairway, King Kullen, D’Agostinos, Stop & Shop (Edward’s), Gristede’s, and Shop Rite.