On September 1, 2015 the Executive Board of Local 328 unanimously elected me to fill the remaining term of retired President David Fleming. It is both an honor and a privilege to serve as your President and I can assure you it is not a responsibility that I take lightly.
We have much work to do over the next twelve months. In 2016, Local 328 will have 11 successor contracts to re-negotiate, with the largest expiring February 27, 2016 with Stop & Shop. I am currently in the process of assembling my team to assist me with these negotiations. Your help, as well as the help of the entire membership is essential if we are to be successful.
Secretary Treasurer Jim Riley swearing in Tim Melia, the new President of Local 328
I am also looking to grow our great local by aggressively trying to organize the unorganized. I am dedicating human, as well as financial resources into our organizing department in an effort to grow. In the words of our International President Marc Perrone “we either organize or die”. So, as one of my first decisions as President I am happy to announce that on October 5, Megan Carvalho will start as my new Director of Organizing. Megan will be an outstanding asset to Local 328 with her vast experience in organizing. Megan has spent the last 8 years working with our International Union as an International Representative working on organizing campaigns all across the country, from meat and poultry plants, to the Our Wal-Mart campaign. We are very excited to have Megan joining our team.
It is my goal over the next twelve months to personally visit each facility under contract at Local 328 in an effort to meet as many members as possible. I feel it is very important to keep in touch with the pulse of the membership, and there is no better way of doing that than in person. I look forward to meeting you all.
In closing I would like to thank everyone for your support and confidence that you have bestowed on me, and I will work every day to continue to earn your trust in me as well as this organization.
Timothy M. Melia
UFCW Local 328