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Brendan Sexton has spent over 15 years leading campaigns and building worker power among low wage workers. He currently leads the largest gig worker advocacy group in the U.S., as Executive Director of the Independent Drivers Guild, a Machinists Union affiliate which represents and advocates for more than 200,000 for-hire vehicle drivers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. During his tenure, the Guild led the largest protest in gig worker history, in which thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers banded together to shutdown the Brooklyn Bridge and FDR drive to protest new app policies and the city's failure to help drivers. He also expanded the Guild into Connecticut and New Jersey, creating two new chapters of IDG. Prior to joining IDG, Brendan served as Organizing Director and Political Coordinator at UFCW 1500, the largest grocery union in New York. Brendan got his start as a Union organizer at an early age. While working in a grocery store in college, Brendan witnessed the plight of low-wage retail workers and became involved with his union, UFCW 1500. He started as a shop steward, a member of the negotiating committee and was soon hired as a full-time organizer. Brendan rose quickly in the organization, taking on some of the toughest fights, including the first union elections in the history of Target. As Organizing Director, Brendan developed new organizing models and worker empowering member engagement programs as well as developing and passing bold legislation to protect grocery workers in New York City. As the Political Coordinator, Brendan built a robust political agenda, building power for retail workers and winning campaigns in New York City and New York State.
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