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    Workers petition for Best Market to do better

    November 8, 2018

November 8, 2018

Workers petition for Best Market to do better

This story originally appeared in The Long Island Advance October 23, 2018

By Nicole Fuentes

Higher wages, better access to healthcare and safety training are just a few of the reasons Best Market workers across Long Island have been signing a petition with the support of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, sparking a Do Better Best Market movement for a better quality of life.

Best Market, located at 655 Montauk Highway in East Patchogue, opened about six years ago. Now, a total of 29 stores with about 2,500 workers in three states exist, with the majority on Long Island. About a year ago, workers began getting together searching for ways to improve their lives, and forming the movement that has been building for better wages, affordable healthcare and safety training. Since starting the petition, a number of elected officials have written letters of support, including Legis. Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue).

Calarco visited the East Patchogue location last week, on Aug. 16, to show his support. “I am here to let them know they have support in the county government,” he said during his visit. “We were all happy when they opened up here, but they need to treat their employees fairly with better wages and access to healthcare.”

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