UFCW400 (supermarket workers)
When he was a student at Pennsylvania State University earning a degree in labor studies, Mark Federici joined the UFCW in 1984 as a produce clerk and night time stocker at Riverside Markets. His experience in the stores gave him a firsthand experience of how unions empower their membership to stand up for their rights and to demand respect. After graduating, Federici committed his life to the labor movement and building power for working people. He began his career as an intern with the National Hospital Workers District 1199P and the International Association of Machinists. In 1987, he was hired as a field representative for the Seafarers International Union of North America. Four years later, he joined Local 400, where he served as an organizer, representative, director of governmental affairs, director of strategic programs, executive assistant to the president, and most recently secretary-treasurer. Federici built Local 400’s political power in all parts of the union’s jurisdiction by championing legislation that took on corporations and their anti-worker policies. He also led the Local’s successful efforts to take on Smithfield, the largest pork processor in the world. For the past three years, Federici has helped lead all of Local 400’s major bargaining efforts. Federici is a member of the PG County NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Council of Richmond. And has held many leadership positions in his tenure with Local 400.