Rob began his career as a UFCW Local 1500 member in July 1990, working part-time, as a cart clerk at the former Pathmark store, in Bay Shore, NY. Since joining the union staff in 1995, Rob has worked with every department of the union. As an Organizer, Rob worked as a salt, and played a significant role in successfully organizing Wild by Nature, an organic food chain owned by King Kullen. In January 1998 he was promoted to Union Representative where for 11 years he helped to protect and serve our members in the areas of Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. No matter what area he serviced, Rob’s members and Stewards were always tasked to be involved in Organizing Drives, charitable fundraising, and political assignments.
In October of 2009, Rob was appointed Field Director, overseeing the Union Representatives of UFCW Local 1500. In June of 2013, he was unanimously voted onto the UFCW Local 1500 Executive Board as a Vice President and In October 2013, Rob was promoted to be the Assistant to the President. Rob has been actively involved in contract negotiations since 2006 and was the lead negotiator for our Union for many years. Rob has been a Pension, Welfare & Legal Service Trustee since 2007 and was inevitably named Plan Manager in 2020.
On May 11, 2016, the UFCW Local 1500 Executive Board elected Rob Secretary-Treasurer. As Secretary-Treasurer Rob emphasized his long-range vision for the Union by renegotiating all the Union’s vendor contracts, converting the Union’s operation to a virtually paperless one, developing new office policies, and focusing on the key financial issues that will protect our Local Union and our members long into the future. Rob was unanimously elected President by the Local 1500 Executive Board on December 11th, 2019, following in the footsteps of former President Anthony G. Speelman.
Rob graduated in 1991 from St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington and in 1995 from St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minored in Criminal Justice and Applied Sociology. He currently resides in Suffolk County with the love of his life Melinda. Together they have three daughters, Rob’s daughter, Alexandria Rose, and Melinda’s daughters Amanda and Ashley. Rob is an avid New York Rangers and Houston Texans Fan.