Member of the Week: Bill Emerick

William Emerick Albertsons #6509, has been in the industry for 28 years. He started as a ripper at night and is now an SOM.

Emerick’s hobbies include playing badminton, basketball, card games and being a dad. His eldest son also works in the industry and is a US Badminton Champion, his youngest son has made short films exposing Meg Whitman’s college cuts.

When asked what inspired him to get more involved he said, “My dad was a truck driver and his mom helped form unions in the 30’s-40’s-and 50’s. I also went with Frank Simkins, my rep, to the Vons stores in 2003 to pull them out on strike.”

Q: How would your life be different if you were not a union member?

A: “I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I do, and raising my kids would’ve been harder.”

Q: If you could make a change in the workplace, what would it be?

A: “I would want more help, or more hours. There is too much to do in what time we have.”

Q: What in your life are you most proud of?

A: “My kids.”

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: “Being with my co-workers and showing them what being a leader means.”