President John T. Niccollai
Richard J. Whalen, Secretary-Treasurer
In 1990, after seventeen years of employment in his chosen industry and service to the members of Local 271, he accepted a position as International Representative with the Chemical Workers International Union. There he was involved with contract negotiation and member representation and was engaged in activities leading to the merger of the Chemical Workers with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) in 1996.
In 2011, Rich was promoted to Collective Bargaining Representative for UFCW Region 2, headquartered in Philadelphia and comprising the mid-Atlantic from Pennsylvania to Florida. He later assumed the same role at UFCW Region 1 in Little Falls, NJ, comprising the Northeastern U.S. from New York and New Jersey to Maine. He continued his UFCW advancement in 2004, becoming Executive Assistant to the Director of Collective Bargaining at UFCW headquarters in Washington, DC. In 2005, at the request of UFCW International President, Joe Hansen, Rich assumed the position of Director of Region 1 and at the start of 2006 was elected to serve as Vice President on the International Union’s Executive Board.
At the retirement of long-time UFCW Local 464A Secretary-Treasurer, Ray Rando, in December 2013, Rich accepted his current position at Local 464A. He resides in East Brunswick, NJ with his wife, Eileen, and four children.