My Story—Richard Esposito

I was born in 1947 in a small coal mining town in West Virginia. My father was a coal miner, and my four siblings and I lived in a four-room house that we rented from the coal company.

My father was paid in scrip to be used at the coal company store for our overpriced groceries and other needs. The rest of our needs were provided by our garden in our backyard.

In 1948, I was diagnosed with a serious illness and my only medical provider was the drunken company doctor. Luckily, my aunt and uncle, who worked for the Washington Post and were in the printers’ union, brought me to D.C., adopted me and, with all the union benefits, put me in Georgetown Univ. Hospital for treatment. At the age of seven, I was pronounced cured.

Going forward, I had a very comfortable and fulfilling life as the owner of a small home improvement company. In 2012, at age of 65, I hung up my hammer and came to work at DLC as a temp, eventually becoming a 32-hour clerk and a union member.

I soon after met Gino Renne. He handed me a cup of Kool-Aid with UNION printed on it. I came to understand that it was my time to give back. In my time with DLC and Local 1994, I have had nine surgeries. I have not missed a paycheck nor seen a bill, thanks to my benefits fought for by Local 1994. People ask me why I am so passionate and spend so much of my spare time doing union activities. It is quite evident that I would be dead or penniless without unions in my life. I am the most blessed man alive. I have a beautiful loving wife, four children, four grandchildren, and I have the honor to work for and hopefully improve the lives of my fellow union members and be associated with such a dedicated and professional union staff.

Rich Esposito,
Department of Liquor Control, Montgomery County

Why Join UFCW Local 1994?

UFCW Local 1994 negotiates your contract—your working conditions, benefits, and salary—with your employer. We conduct our negotiations based on input from your coworkers who are members of Local 1994. If you aren’t a member, you don’t have any say! When it comes time to vote on your agreement, only members have a say.

You Can’t Vote if You are Not a Member

Local 1994 negotiates collective bargaining agreements that cover your working life. If you want a strong contract, we need you and all of your coworkers to stand behind your bargaining team. Imagine how much better our negotiations could go if your employer knew everyone was united in their desire for a stronger, better contract.

You Can’t Handle Every Situation on Your Own

Everyone needs help once in a while. You may run into a situation you can’t handle, and your union brothers and sisters could be there for you. Your shop steward or field representative will fight for you if a supervisor has unfairly trageted your.

You have rights in your workplace—the right to be treated with respect and dignity, the right to a workplace free from harassment, the right to do your job and to not fear for your job just because your manager doesn’t like you.

Who won those rights? Your union. Your coworkers who joined together and created Local 1994 more than 30 years ago. Unless you want to say goodbye to those protections, we need every eligible employee to be a member of our union. Stand united! Together we are strong! 

There are Other Benefits to Being a Member

We have joined together with our international union to provide special discounts and offers to members only. Mortgage programs, theme park passes, movie tickets, reduced rates for AT&T Wireless, even car and truck savings. We have also negotiated an affordable college benefit program. Scholarship programs offered by Local 1994 partners and the International Union are only available to members.

  • We fight together and win together to ensure that our members get good labor agreements.
  • Our union is like a family, we are there for each other. We can talk about different problems and find solutions to help one and other in times of adversity.
  • We are stronger together!

Results you can measure.


Cost savings from a complete customer experience redesign for a global retailer


Reduction in year-over-year contact minutes for a consumer manufacturer


Improvement in customer satisfaction ratings for a large provider