PRESS RELEASE from UFCW Local 1776

For release: Thursday, March 20, 2008
Contact: William Epstein (610) 505-6105

UFCW Local 1776 Endorses Obama

Plymouth Meeting, PA – The 23,000-member United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 has endorsed U.S. Sen. Barack Obama for President in the April 22nd Pennsylvania primary election.

Wendell W. Young, IV, President of Local 1776, said the endorsement by the union’s Executive Board was “overwhelming.”

Young said that while Local 1776 has “the highest respect” for Senator Hillary Clinton, “our Executive Board is convinced that Senator Obama is the best candidate to unite our country and move it forward for good jobs, affordable health care, retirement security, worker rights and worker safety.” He said:

“Senator Obama leads in the popular vote. He leads in the Democratic delegate count, and he leads in the head-to-head match-up against John McCain. Americans want a change very badly. Barack Obama is a fresh-thinking leader who will create that change.”

UFCW Local 1776 represents 23,000 members throughout southeast, northeast and central Pennsylvania, northeast Maryland and southern New York who work in supermarkets, drug stores, food processing plants, manufacturing facilities, nursing homes, professional offices and Pennsylvania’s Wine and Spirits Shops.


United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1776
Wendell W. Young, IV , President
Michele Kessler, Secretary-Treasurer
Barbara Johnson, Recorder