Local 888 was chartered by AFSCME International on April 1st, 1967
and has had six presidents in 43 years. The first president was Jame
Benecasa, second president was Anthony Pape, third president was Mattie
Guillus, fourth president was John Lemogelli, fifth president Terry
Woodrow, and the sixthed president is Mike Holland. Local 888
represents 1,300 workers at Rutgers University
Local 888 is part of a much larger union, called "A.F.S.C.M.E.,"
with nearly a million and a half members across the
The first AFSCME union was founded in 1932 in the state of
Those problems didn't stop workers in
These efforts were bitterly opposed by wealthy investors and factory owners who attacked union organizers as "radicals" and "reds," Communists and Socialists. But workers kept organizing in small meetings, then larger meetings, and eventually held strikes, marches, rallies, and sit-ins to demand the right to form unions, feed the poor, help the unemployed, and care for the elderly.
The organizing effort by workers made it possible for Franklin Roosevelt to be elected and support new laws that required companies to recognize unions in the private sector and negotiate contracts. Workers also pushed for reforms that created the Social Security system, unemployment insurance, and other benefits.
For the next twenty years, the AFSCME union grew slowly but
In the late 50's, public employees in
Today, AFSCME has grown to include nearly a million and a half
these impressive numbers don't tell the whole story. In most
workers simply pay their dues without taking an active role in their
local. Without members who are educated, involved, and prepared
action, the gains of many decades will quickly disappear.
leaders backed by business interests are already attacking unions,
that give business more perks and power, while lowering the standard of
for all working people. To reverse this trend, unions also need
change, so that members feel welcome, appreciated, and in control of
union. All forms of union corruption, including big salaries and
for union officials, fancy cars and offices, cannot be tolerated in
today, and they are not tolerated in Local 888. Our elected
Board is composed of RU workers like you who are accountable for every
hard-earned membership dues money and dedicated to building a union
democratic and responsive to every member.
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