Message From Local 2013 President Louis Mark Carotenuto:

I hope you all enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend celebrating Veterans Day. As you use this extended weekend to relax, or go upstate to enjoy the changing colors of the leaves, or possibly even to  kick-off your holiday shopping (it seems like it keeps starting earlier and earlier), I hope you will take some time to also reflect on the many sacrifices made by the men and women of the Armed Forces. Please take a moment to thank them as well if you happen to see any in your daily travels – both the  Veterans and Active members like.

We owe so much to those who have served; and even more to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy.

Happy Veterans Day !!


Sincerely and fraternally,


Message From Local 2013 President Louis Mark Carotenuto:

This is it folks, we are at a cross roads in this country.

Tomorrow’s election results will determine if we are taking back this country – for all the right reasons… equal rights for all; women’s right – not only to choose but, to be treated with respect; a decent and sound immigration policy for those pursuing the AMERICAN DREAM; the right to Organize and Bargain for an actual living wage and a workplace that is safe and free of discrimination & harassment; to have a thriving working middle-class; to achieve affordable healthcare – that does not exclude pre-existing conditions; to stop the damage being done to our environment – before that is too late; to live in a society that is not  torn apart and divided by its own elected leaders.

The stakes could not be higher and there is no time to waste; people must either make a stand NOW by getting out to vote in these Mid-terms… -OR- we watch over the next two years as the damage to this country becomes (possibly) irreparable and look back with regret.

Do NOT waste this opportunity – these Mid-terms are likely to be a defining moment for our country… let’s make the right choice !


Sincerely and fraternally,


Message From Local 2013 President Louis Mark Carotenuto:


If the last several weeks have shown you anything, it should’ve shed a very clear light on the fact that NOW, more than everyour vote counts!!

The spectacle we witnessed over the nominations & confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, was the picture of the absolute craziness and the outright breakdown of our democratic political system in Washington, D.C.

On the day of her testimony before a Senate sub-committee, Trump called Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony “moving and credible”… he (finally) authorized an FBI investigation into the allegations she and others brought forward…. he went on record as saying there were no limits to the FBI investigation and he hoped they looked into everything…. That both sides deserved a full & fair unbiased investigation in order to get to the truth.

One week later, Trump mocked Dr. Blasey Ford at one of his political rallies; he called her a liar; he claimed it was all a hoax; However, the FBI has since come out and stated that they were in fact given instruction to limit their investigation. They never interviewed Dr. Blasey Ford or Kavanaugh’s  college room-mates which contradict specific testimony given by Kavanaugh under oath during the hearing….

Moreover, beyond whether Kavanaugh was even innocent of the allegations or not – it is clear that he did lie under oath regarding specific issues. In addition to that, the temperament he displayed during the hearing and the politicized statements he made are clearly new issues that should’ve been considered and yet… his nomination is forcibly pushed through to a lifetime position that is supposed to require composure; non-political bias; fairness; integrity & truth. Since the hearing and before/after the confirmation vote, the GOP have gone on an all out rampage to claim that this was all a “sham” orchestrated by the Democrats to keep this “good man” off the Supreme Court…  that the allegations were without merit (when a week earlier they all said she was credible and brave for coming forward); they spew this nonsense with a straight face and count on the fact that they can lie and manipulate the American voting public. – Only if we let them -.

Welcome to Donald Trump’s America… are you feeling like it’s “Great Again” ?!  Well, I don’t know about you but, not me…. It’s an embarrassment to the rights and freedom’s people have fought and died for through the history of this country – they (the sitting elected GOP) are making the USA a punchline to a joke for the rest of the world to enjoy and laugh at… At our expense !

Instead of putting real effort into upholding and improving on important issues like Women’s Rights; Immigration Reform & DACA; Climate Change; Improving on the Workers  Right to Organize Freely; Workplace Safety (maintaining line speed limits so workers aren’t put in harm’s way), in short – Labor Rights; Affordable / Dependable Health care for all; real Tax Relief for the Working Middle Class – instead of only the top 1% and BIG business; etc.,

We are dealing with a President, House & Senate that would rather lie to the American voters while trying to convince you it’s true – and talk about “fake news”  rather than be accountable to solve the REAL issues that will positively impact and help the working  99% who put them in office – to fix a broken system.

THIS IS A BIG DEAL people…. We have to get out the vote (GOTV) on November 6th  in order to make a difference with these mid-terms. We MUST change the trajectory of this country NOW – before the damage is irreparable!! It’s real easy to screw everything up (fast). REALITY CHECK– it takes years to fix those wrong and/or irresponsible decisions.


If we fail to change the House and Senate NOW…. The damage done over the next two years (piled on top of the mess they’ve created in the last two years) will take decades to correct – if ever. Think about it folks, is this the America you want for your family – for your children – for your grandchildren??

The impact of our collective non-action today – will impact all of our lives in ways we can’t even imagine for many years to come.

Get involved – NOW; talk to your friends and family – Get them involved – NOW;  – VOTE on November 6, 2018  to make a change for our future… so we don’t look back at our “history” and regret it !!


Sincerely and fraternally,



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Message From President Louis Mark Carotenuto on Today’s Election

Now more than ever we need to be out there and supporting the candidates that support LABOR and the Working Class.

Tish James is one of those candidates. Her record as the NYC Public Advocate has been exemplary; her record on assisting UFCW Local 2013 in our fights on behalf of our membership has been stellar as well. Whether it was helping us to take on Cumberland Packing to do the right thing and providing an excellent Severance Package that allowed our members to move on with dignity, when they announced the closure of that manufacturing process  – which cost over 300 members their jobs; or when she helped us to push for Fresh Direct to bargain-in-good-faith so our members could enjoy good wage increase and improvements to their benefits package… she has been there for all of us !

It’s time for us to show her that we support her efforts, not just as they related to LABOR but as they relate to her efforts on behalf of all New Yorkers in making sure they have someone fighting for them every day.

It’s THAT important… she makes a difference –so let’s make the difference for her by getting out the VOTE today – EVERY VOTE COUNTS….. NOW is the time to take back our government – for the people !







Local 2013 Members March in Labor Day Parades Nationwide!

Local 2013 members took to the streets in Detroit and New York to participate in parades celebrating Labor Day. Our members joined the labor movement as a whole to celebrate the many historic victories of unions, such as paid vacations and weekends, and to unite to confront the challenges workers face today from hostile politicians and anti-worker business interests.  At both parades, the mantra Solidarity Forever rang out far and loud!






Free College Benefit For All UFCW Local 2013 Members and Their Families!

Did you know you – OR a family member – can go to college for free through your union? It’s just another way UFCW Local 2013 is making a better life for our members. Make sure you apply before the 17th! Click below for more information.




UFCW Local 2013 Members Rally in D.C. to Fight Against Poverty at the Poor People’s Campaign


Message From Local 2013 President Louis Mark Carotenuto:

Dear Local 2013 Members,
Given all that you do for our union family and yours, I wish I could thank you personally. The truth is that nobody works harder than you and our members, especially during the holidays. All across this country, we process and prepare the food America eats, we sell the clothes they wear, and help them get better when that cold comes along. We take care of our elderly in homes all across the nation, and drive our children to school. From retail and grocery stores, to food processing plants and nursing homes, you and our 1.3 million members make our communities better and our union stronger.
Even as you work hard every day, countless number of our members like you volunteer and help others by donating food to fight hunger, fundraising to fight cancer, and standing together to fight for the better life you have earned and deserve. You not only make the holidays happen; you make America better for it.
And so, as you prepare to spend time with family this holiday season, I want to thank you. Thank you for everything you do. Thank you for making our union employers and communities better.
Thank you for all of the long days and nights and weekends you work, the sacrifices you make,
the excellent service and expertise you provide. May you and your loved ones have a safe and happy holiday season.
Thank you.


Sincerely and fraternally,


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Local 2013 Members in Dearborn, Michigan Help Those in Need This Holiday Season


From left to right: Timothy Williams (Union Member) and Shakir Muhammad (Union Steward)


From left to right: Pashia Jackson (Union Member), Timothy Williams (Union Member) , Jerry Lovett (Genesis House 2), Angela Moye (Genesis House 2), Kisha Mathis (Genesis House 2 ), and Shakir Muhammad (Union Steward)

Local 2013 members at Restaurant Depot – Dearborn, Michigan kicked off the holiday season by giving back to those in need in their community. Through donations from Union members, customers, and a contribution from Local 2013 President Louis Mark Carotenuto, the members were able to donate eight hundred pounds of food and supplies to Genesis House 2, a local shelter that helps homeless women and children get back on their feet by providing housing and transitional services.