U.F.C.W. Local 88
- This is your union – it is critical that you participate. The officers are your representatives, but you are the union. Just as in a unit or any united group of people, be it family, or all the citizens of the United State of America we are joined by a legal or moral bond for the common protection and strength of all of us. United we stand, divided we fall. Take pride in your union, just as you do in your family and country.Dan TellePresident
In 1906, author Upton Sinclair’s novel, “The Jungle,” shed light on the poor, dangerous, and unsanitary practices in meat packing plants throughout the United States. Public pressure forced the U.S. Congress to pass the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act, to ensure stronger regulations and better working conditions in the industry. These were some of the first steps taken towards unionization of the meat industry born out of necessity due to the harsh conditions in the meat packing plants. Local 88 continues to represent several meat plants in the St. Louis area today, however the majority of members now work in retail outlets as meat, deli, or seafood workers.
In 1979, The International Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union merged with The International Retail Clerks Union to become The United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Meat Cutters Local 88 became U.F.C.W. Local 88 and today is one of the oldest chartered bodies still in existence within the U.F.C.W.
U.F.C.W. Local 88 currently represents approximately 2,700 members with their families in the greater St. Louis and Madison County Illinois areas. Local 88 negotiates contracts that demand a safe workplace for its members, as well as competitive wages with health and welfare benefits.
The governing body of Local 88 is the Executive Board, whose duty it is to manage the local according to the bylaws set forth by the International Union. The elected positions of the board are President, Secretary Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and six non salaried Vice Presidents. That said, you the members of the local elect the officers and give them direction. Your membership fees pay their salaries and they work for you. This truly is your union and the more you participate, the more you can expect in return. Come to meetings, speak out, and by all means vote. Don’t let others decide your future. Together Local 88 can remain strong and viable for another 120 years.