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John Durso
President, Long Island Labor Federation and Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW

John R. Durso has been the President of Local 338 since 1999, when he was elected for the first time after spending nearly fifteen years in different positions at the union, including organizer, union representative and Assistant to the President.

In the years leading up to his employment at Local 338, Durso worked in a variety of supermarket and warehouse jobs, where he learned the value of being a union member. He credits this experience as a learning tool for how he leads the staff and membership. “I saw the good that the union did and had the potential to do,” he said, “I wanted to be a part of that.” Durso takes pride in being able to have a positive influence on the lives of his membership and believes “every day is an opportunity to do good for the people we have the privilege to represent.”

In addition to his role as President of Local 338, he is also President of the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, a role he was first elected to in 2003. He also serves as an International Vice President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Vice President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) – a Council within the UFCW, and is a Vice President of the New York City Central Labor Council. In addition, John holds positions on the Town of Hempstead Labor Advisory Board, the Nassau County Living Wage Advisory Board, the Town of Oyster Bay Workforce Investment Boards, and Governor Cuomo’s Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.