United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 324 President Andrea Zinder and the executive leadership of Local 324 claim to represent the “little guy” and consistently attack union employers.
But in 2020, Ms. Zinder and more than two dozen of her fellow executives made generous six-figure salaries, totaling more than $3.5 million:
- Andrea Zinder, President – $240,628
- Matthew Bell, Secretary-Treasurer – $208,252
- Shari Bolam, Recorder/Union Rep – $147,590
- Gilbert Davila, VP, Union Rep – $145,987
- Maria Rosa Ibarra-Lopez, VP/Organizer – $114,721
- Jason Lockhart, VP/Comptroller – $136,916
- Brett Midkiff, CP/Director – $151,584
- Jose Moreno Perez, VP/Union Rep – $116,019
- Diana Huffman, Sgt. At Arms/Union Rep – $116,863
- Gregory Conger, Fmr. President – $152,640
- Kristen Ashe, Union Rep – $110,660
- Shawn Ashe, IT Analyst – $112,512
- Sylvia Baruch, Union Rep – $112,837
- Derek Smith, Political Director – $119,047
- Todd Conger, Communications – $119,458
- Bernardo Enriquez, Union Rep – $117,157
- Joseph Feinberg, IT Analyst – $114,915
- Jason Floyd, Union Rep – $114,442
- Matthew Hart, Union Rep – $113,649
- Joe Hernandez, Organizer – $123,425
- Syed Karim, Union Rep – $107,208
- Priscilla McDermott, Organizer – $115,373
- Herlinda Perez, Union Rep – $113,962
- Michael Ramirez, Union Rep – $120,186
- Dario Rodriguez , Union Rep – $169,243
- Thonothiu Sotelo, Union Rep – $116,735
- Corinne Thomas, Union Rep – $110,020
(Source: UFCW Local 324 2020 LM-2 Statement)
Their salaries are funded by members who are required to pay dues to the UFCW. That leaves rank-and-file members perpetually beholden to the UFCW each month.
UFCW Local 324 has taken up to $1,968 in dues out of each of their members’ paychecks since March 2020. That’s striking, considering the adverse financial situations Ms. Zinder and her fellow union bosses claim members face due to the pandemic (in addition to record inflation caused by policies UFCW leaders directly support).
If Ms. Zinder really wants to help her members, she should suspend the collection of Local 324 union dues and return some of the dues money taken from both current and former members since March 2020.
A union that had nearly $1.5 million in the bank in 2020 could certainly tighten its belt on behalf of its members during these challenging times.