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FRANK A. ZITO

July 1, 1959 - February 10, 2010

Trade Unionist, Craftsman, Activist, Agitator, Educator, Organizer, Troublemaker, Loyal Friend and Dedicated Union Brother.

Frank was the son of legendary Local One pressman Felix “Phil” and Alma (Dopico) Zito. He started his Local One career as a general worker at the Pengad Companies in Bayonne, NJ, a shop he helped organize in 1978 with then-Director of Organizing, Gene Burke.

In 1983 Brother Zito was one of four “strike captains” at the infamous Pengad Strike that lasted five months. He voluntarily worked twelve-hour shifts, seven days a week for the duration of the strike. Because of his presence on the picket line, only two people crossed the line out of sixty-eight and ALL-remaining Local One members returned to work after reaching an agreement. Frank was also part of the negotiating committee.

He left Pengad in late 1985 to further his lithographic career taking a temporary press tender position at Pace Press in Moonachie, NJ. Frank worked there for over twenty-three years and became a press operator during this time.

Frank was made an honorary member of Teamsters Local 560 in recognition of his organizing efforts at Overnight Freight. He lent his expertise and walked the picket line with his Teamster Brothers for over a year during their successful organizing drive.

In his spare time Brother Zito became a certified AFL-CIO Union Counselor, Political Action Committee Activist, Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Facilitator and Strike Assistance / Mobilization Specialist. He sat on numerous labor committees and was an active delegate at the Bergen County Central Trades and Labor Council, AFL-CIO during his time with us.

Frank was a life member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and expert marksman. He enjoyed teaching gun safety and spending time on the firing range where he received many awards for his superior marksmanship.

With his passing, the New York Yankees also lost one of their most devoted fans.

Brother Zito’s standard greeting to everyone was always a kind word and big smile.

 We miss our Friend and Brother and we’ll do our best to keep his memory alive.

Rest In Peace My Friend.

Michael “Doc” Doklia
Organizer
Amalgamated Lithographers of America
GCC / IBT Local One-L

Dates: 
Wednesday, July 1, 1959 to Wednesday, February 10, 2010