Mario Padilla of Ralphs #265, has been in the industry for 21 years. He started out as a courtesy clerk and is now a Dairy/Deli Manager.

Padilla’s hobbies include exercise and watching sports.

When asked what inspired him to get more involved he said, “I remember when I first started out and had no idea what a union was. I want to let all of the new hires know what being part of a union is all about.”

Q: What is it you like most about your job?

A: “I like the pay and benefits, thanks to our union.”

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

A: “I know that I wouldn’t be where I am. We have protections that you wouldn’t have elsewhere.”

Want to see more, but don’t want to wait until next week? Check out our previous Member of the Week honorees in the Archive.