reated in response to the need to organize the tobacco industries with regard to the workers of the sector and government organs, the Tobacco Industries’ Union was acknowledged as a labor union on 24th June 1947. However, the history of the entity started on 4th December 1942, with the foundation of the Tobacco Industries’ Professional Association, with its place of business at the seat of the Commerce, Industry and Agriculture Association of Santa Cruz do Sul.
The year it was acknowledged as a labor union, in 1947, under the denomination of Tobacco Industries’ Union of Santa Cruz, the territorial range comprised the municipalities of Santa Cruz do Sul, Candelária, Venâncio Aires, Lajeado, Cachoeira do Sul and Arroio do Meio. On 29th December 1978, a ruling by the Minister of Labor changed the denomination to Tobacco Industries’ Union of Santa Cruz do Sul. On 22nd June 1980, Sindifumo’s territorial range was extended to the entire state of Rio Grande do Sul.
As tobacco has also been grown for decades in Santa Catarina and Paraná, the entity has for years been working on behalf of the sector in those two States, where most of its associated companies contract integrated farmers, operate tobacco buying centers (subsidiaries) and process tobacco. Therefore, Sindifumo’s work effectively occurs in the three Southern States of Brazil.
Under the denomination of Brazilian Tobacco Industry Union, for several years the entity’s place of business was the company the president worked for.
In 2008, with an eye towards adjusting the image of the entity to a product predominantly destined for the international market – nowadays, 85% of the entire production is exported – SindiFumo changed its denomination to SindiTabaco. In late 2009, another change took place: the already consolidated work carried out in Santa Catarina and Paraná was acknowledged through the extension of the range of the entity now known as SindiTabaco – Brazilian Tobacco Industry Union. In 2010, again seeking to protect the market, reached base for the country, excepting the states of Bahia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, under the name Interstate Tobacco Industry Union – SindiTabaco.