The Philadelphia Public Record Newspapers is pleased to honor 13th Public Servant of the Year award goes to Wendell Young, IV, for his contributions to the City of Philadelphia, the State of Pennsylvania and Organized Labor everywhere. He will be honored at a gala banquet Thursday, March 13th, at Swannâ€™s Caterers at 6:30 p.m. Swannâ€™s is located at Water and Snyder in South Philadelphia with free parking under I-95.
Reared from childhood to be an active member of organized labor, Wendell W. Young, IV, Is today President of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776. The Union represents more than 22,000 members who work in retail, food processing, manufacturing, healthcare and professional offices in southeast, northeast and central Pennsylvania, southern New York and northeast Maryland. He is a Vice President of the UFCW International Union.
Young was born in 1961 in Philadelphia. He attended Archbishop Ryan High School as well as Penn State and LaSalle Universities. He is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University’s Comey Institute of Industrial Relations, where he has served as an Advisory Board member and taught courses in labor economics and collective bargaining.
From 1977 to 1983, Young was employed at Penn Fruit and Acme Markets. In 1983, he began his career as a union representative, in which capacity he worked as a field representative and an organizer. Subsequently, as the union’s lead negotiator he assumed responsibility for all collective bargaining activities and spearheaded a number of initiatives as a union negotiator to establish affordable child care and education benefits for working families.
He was elected President of UFCW Local 1776, taking office in January 2005, and serves as Chairman overseeing health and pension benefit trust funds for the unionâ€™s members.
Young is involved actively with fundraising activities for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the ALS Association and other charitable causes. He was the recipient of the City of Hope Tri-State Labor and Management Council 2009 Spirit of Life Award. In 1998 he was the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State Legislature in the 61st District. Young resides in Lower Providence Township in Montgomery County, PA. He is the father of three children, Rachel, Alexandra, and Nicole.
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