Jake Bailey - Union Representative & Service Director
Jake first became a member of the UFCW 1473 when he started working at Seneca Foods Corporation in Janesville in 2002. He joined the staff of Local 1473 as a Union Representative in 2011. Jake currently serves as a delegate to the South Central Federation of Labor in Madison and on the Rock County Labor Council. Jake is also a member of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).
Justin Benzschawel - Union Representative
Justin started as UFCW Member working for Nestle in the production department in 2001. In 2013 Justin was elected the Assistant Chief Union Steward at the Nestle Plant. After being involved as a Union Steward, Justin participated in the UFCW GOLD Internship Program and became a member of the UFCW Local 1473 Executive Board. In April 2015 the opportunity came about to further help workers and join UCFW as Union Representative, Justin was on board, making sure people are being treated fairly and being respected on the job.
Ian Marten - Union Representative
Ian first became a member of UFCW, Local 1473, in 2017 when he began working for Outpost Natural Foods Co-op in Mequon. He was elected union steward by his co-workers and assisted with union orientations for new employees. In July of 2018, Ian was asked to come on staff as a Service Representative, assisting union members in Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties.
Melanie Bartholf – Political Director
Melanie is a recent graduate of UW Madison, having earned her BA in Legal Studies in May of 2015. At UW Madison she was an active member of the Student Labor Action Coalition, a labor rights student organization. She served 2 years on the university’s Labor Codes Licensing Compliance Committee, where she worked with UW faculty and staff to advise the Chancellor on issues relating to UW’s labor codes of conduct. Melanie also served on the board of directors for the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice (ICWJ), a faith-labor group which advocates for social justice in the Madison community. She was born into a strong union family in Saginaw, MI and has lived in Wisconsin since 2008.
Melanie was an intern with Local 1473 during the summer of 2014 and is looking forward to continuing to serve our members as a Union Representative in the Kenosha/Racine area.
Brian Romanowich – Union Representative
Brian first became a member of Local 1444 when he began working for Kohl's Food Stores in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1991. His Union Steward had made him aware of a new union program called Special Project Union Representative (SPUR). The program allows union members to receive a leave of absence employer and work for their union for a limited amount of time on organizing projects. Brian was working on the Extendicare Nursing Home project and found that he enjoyed the work so much that he applied for full-time work with the Union and he was subsequently hired on December 31, 2001.
Scott Spearo – Union Representative
Scott first became a member of UFCW in 1984 when he started working third shift, stocking shelves, at the East Capital Pick 'N Save. In 1985 Scott began working as an apprentice meat cutter and in 1989 he became a journeyman.
Scott was a member of Local 1444 in his 14 years at Pick 'N Save and then became a member of Local 73a when he started work at Jewel. Most recently Scott worked at BKT-Bayview Sentry Food Store. As a UFCW Member, Scott served on bargaining committees for Jewel Foods.
Chad Whiteside - Union Representative
Chad first became a member of the UFCW in 1987 when he went to work for Super Valu in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Chad served as Union Steward from 1990 to 1995 and during this time he volunteered for the Special Project Union Representative (SPUR) Program assisting UFCW local unions in the Chicago area during their organizing attempt of the Super Kmart Center in Vernon Hills, Illinois.
In 1996, he volunteered again for the SPUR program in Local 1444 and was hired full time in February 1997.