Rally at East Meadow Best Market targets gender equality issues

By Tory N. Parrish with Newsday

Originally published in Newsday

About 20 Best Market workers were among about 150 participants at an East Meadow rally calling for the chain’s new owner to address work inequality issues, such as 26 of 27 store managers being men, attendees said.

Most of the participants at this week's rally were women who came to Long Island to attend the United Association for Labor Education’s 44th Northeast Summer School for Women in Unions and Worker Organizations, a five-day residential program held at Hofstra University in Hempstead.

Several legislators also were among the attendees outside Best Market’s store on Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow, where those rallying Tuesday  called for discount grocer Lidl, which bought 27 Best Market stores this year, to provide workers with stable work schedules and higher wages, and to promote more women to management jobs.

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