In response to our story about worker Mamodou “Mohammed” Doucoure’s allegations of employee mistreatment at the Montague Street Key Food, Patrick Purcell Jr., Director of Special Projects, UFCW Local 1500 writes to BHB:
Any member who feels they have not been properly represented has a legal right to go to the National Labor Relations Board. Each time Mr. Doucoure has gone to the NLRB, the complaints have been dismissed by the Board. That means Local 1500 has been found by the NLRB to have properly represented Mr. Doucoure.
In regards to the lawsuit you are referring to, the Union cannot comment on any pending legal matter.
I will say that the members of Local 1500 at the Key Food in question have an outstanding contract that provided among other things completely paid for health insurance, pensions completely funded by the employer, dental, vision and legal insurance and of course good wages. The level of each benefit is different according to part-time/full time status.
Local 1500 has an outstanding record representing their members and each week hundreds of grievances are handled in over 300 stores from the Hamptons to Poughkeepsie. However, if a person feels that we did adequately do our job, they have that right to go to the NLRB. Regarding this individual, the NLRB has found that he has been fairly represented.
Again, the lawsuit is a separate and pending legal matter that I cannot comment on.
Any worker in that store who feels they need to be represented should call Paul Santarpia at 1-800-522-0456 at ext 255. A message can be left 24 hours a day and he will be happy to assist them.
Patrick Purcell Jr.
Director of Special Projects, UFCW Local 1500