1.   Historical note

2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Inventory

5.   Subjects

    List of finding aids

    R.I.H.S. Library page

    R.I.H.S. home page

 Records of Meat Cutters and Food Store Workers Union, Local 328

 Trade union, Rhode Island

 Records, 1939-1976

 Size: 1 linear foot (7 volumes)

 Catalog number: MSS 105

 Processed by: Harold Kemble, July 1984; Cindy Bendroth, June 1992; Rick Stattler, February 2001.

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            The Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butchers Workmen of North America, Local 328 organized February 1939 and were affiliated with the American Federation of Labor. The first elected president was James Casey and was succeeded by the first vice-president, Salvatore DiSano. Primarily the group organized chains of stores and packing companies in the area, including Almacs and First National.

            By 1948, the union had changed their name to Meat Cutters and Food Store Workers, Local 328 of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters. At some point between 1978 and 1987, Local 328 became affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers International. Their offices are presently located on Silver Spring Street in Providence.

Return to top

Scope and content:

            The collection consists of six minute books dating 1939-1961, and a scrapbook dated 1949-1970. The minutes include information on strikes, news from the international, notes on speakers and films, news on social events, negotiations, and labor legislation.

Return to top


            The minute books were given by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 328 in 1980. The scrapbook was donated by the same union in 1998. Sal DiSano's autobiography was donated by the Rhode Island Labor History Society in 2001.

Return to top


Volume 1. Minutes, 1939-1941

Volume 2. Minutes, 1941-1946

Volume 3. Minutes, 1946-1948

Volume 4. Minutes, 1948-1950

Volume 5. Minutes, 1950-1955

Volume 6. Minutes, 1955-1961

Volume 7. Scrapbook, 1949-1970

Folder 1. Miscellaneous papers, 1976

Folder 2. "The Autobiography of Salvatore 'Sam' DiSano." Typescript, 13 pages, [2000].

Return to top


Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butchers Workmen of North America

Butchers - Rhode Island

DiSano, Salvatore (1917- )

Food industry and trade - Employees - Rhode Island

Italian Americans - Rhode Island

Supermarkets - Rhode Island

Trade unions - Butchers - Rhode Island

United Food and Commercial Workers Union

End of finding aid - return to top