President: Max Bruny
Max was raised and educated in Port au Prince, Haiti. After studying at the Jesuit Seminary School, he entered the National University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. Two years later he migrated to the United States where he worked at a food processing plant represented by UFCW Local 174.
Like other Unions, Local 174 was attracting immigrant workers, who had little or no knowledge of English. Being fluent in Creole, French, Spanish and English, Max’s linguistic skills were called upon to bridge the communication gap. His ability to interpret Union contracts and policies and in turn to convey the concerns and problems of members soon caught the attention of his Union Delegate, who recommended him for an Organizer’s position.
Max joined the UFCW International Professional and Insurance Division in 1986. He was promoted to General Organizer for Region 1 in 1987. Then in 1988, Max was invited to join the staff of UFCW Local 888 as a Union Representative. His achievements soon earned him the position of Recording Secretary. He also served as Director of Organizing, Vice President of the Local 888 Credit Union and a Trustee of the Local 888 Health & Welfare Fund. Max assumed the office of Secretary-Treasurer of Local 888 and Chairman of the Local 888 Health and Pension Funds on January 1, 2002.
On August 19, 2004 Max Bruny was unanimously elected as President of UFCW Local 888 and appointed to the UFCW International Advisory Board.
Max holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rutgers University and a Masters of Science in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts.
Secretary Treasurer: Agueda Arias
Agueda Arias was born and raised in Bani, Dominican Republic and migrated to the United States more than three decades ago and immediately started to participate in community organizations focused on health, education, housing and immigration. Her goal was, and still is, to empower her community. She began her career in the Labor Movement as an Organizer of Local 888 of the United Food and Commercial Workers.
Agueda is currently the Secretary Treasurer for UFCW Local 888. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement in NYC, National Board Member of the United Latinos of UFCW, National Board Member of the Minority Coalition of UFCW, Member of the UFCW Region 1 South Women’s Network Executive Committee, NAACP, CLUW and a Delegate of the New York Central Labor Council.
Agueda earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication at City College of New York and is a graduate of the NYS AFL-CIO / Cornell Union Leadership Institute.
Recorder: Ajay Borzoni
Ajay joined UFCW Local 888 in 2004 and began his career as a Union Organizer. In 2006, Ajay was promoted to Union Representative where he serviced members, resolved grievances and negotiated contracts. His achievements earned him the position of Recorder and Field Director for Local 888 in 2010. As Field Director, Ajay oversees and helps guide other Union Representatives and makes sure that all Local 888 members are treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve.
Ajay also serves as a Local 888 Executive Board member as well as a Union Trustee of the Local 888 Health Fund and UFCW Local 888 and Employers 401(K) Plan.