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
OUR HISTORY
The origin of Local 88 can be traced back more than 120 years to January of 1897. That is the date it was first organized as a labor union. Local 88 belonged to The Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America.  The “AMC” was the first national organization dedicated to improving the working standards of the meat industry through unionization. In June of 1900 Local 88 also affiliated with The American Federation of Labor (A.F.L.)

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.

WHO ARE WE?
Presently, U.F.C.W. Local 88 represents over 3,000 men and women in the greater St. Louis area, including Madison County in Illinois and Ste. Genevieve County in Missouri, who work in retail meat, deli, and seafood establishments, wholesale meat plants, as well as spice & seasoning factories.

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OFFICERS of Local 88

Dan Telle
Dan Telle
President
Butch Simon
Butch Simon
Secretary Treasurer/Union Representative
Ted Jarvis
Ted Jarvis
Recording Secretary & Union Representative
Jon Byrd
Jon Byrd
Union Representative/Director of Organizing
Stephanie Brinkley
Stephanie Brinkley
Union Representative
Marty Sutter
Marty Sutter
Union Representative

EXECUTIVE BOARD of Local 88

Sandy Sabo
Sandy Sabo
Executive Board Vice President
Amber Dockery
Amber Dockery
Executive Board Vice President
Kyle Norris
Kyle Norris
Executive Board Vice President
Susan Mebruer-Wouters
Susan Mebruer-Wouters
Executive Board Vice President
Ed Shempp
Ed Shempp
Executive Board Vice President
Michelle Easley
Michelle Easley
Officer to the Board of Audit