UFCW Local 88

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT
Dan Telle

Welcome to Local 88's web-site and thank you for accessing. We welcome your suggestions. We have thought about it for sometime and are excited about getting started.

Meatcutters' Local 88 has a 100 plus year proud history of representing Meat, Deli, Seafood, Poultry, and Fur Workers in the greater St. Louis area.

Local 88 was organized as a labor union in January of 1897.

In June of 1900, Local 88 affiliated with the American Federation of Labor (A.F.L.).

Local 88 was the first labor union in the United States to negotiate "Preventative Health Care" for it's members. In 1958 the "Medical Institute of Local 88" opened its' doors, thanks to its' visionary President and leader, Colonel Nicholas Blassie. This state of the art medical facility (part of the Local 88 Health and Welfare Trust Fund) offered full-service medical, dental, vision and pharmaceutical services to all Local 88 members. The Health and Welfare Fund received regular contributions from the companies it represented, thus union members received most services free-of-charge. Many other labor unions, primarily the Teamsters, soon copied this model of health care for their members.

In 1979 the International Amalgamated Meatcutters' Union merged with the International Retail Clerks Union to become the U.F.C.W. (United Food and Commercial Workers Union). Thus, Meatcutters' Local 88 became U.F.C.W. Local 88.

Presently, U.F.C.W. Local 88 represents over 3000 men and women in the greater St. Louis area, including Madison County in Illinois and including Ste. Genevieve County in Missouri, who work in retail meat, deli, and seafood establishments, wholesale meat plants and spice/seasoning factories.

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.