Members of the Month
UFCW 876 Members who Rock their Communities!
Kroger 409 in Grand Blanc
Alex is active in the Flint community, mentoring high school age children who come from different walks of life to complete a high school diploma and giving them the ability to move on to college. Congratulations, Alex! You Rock!
Kroger 415 in Brownstown
Jennifer is a thoughtful and caring person. She volunteers in the relay for life every year. She volunteers her time at her children's school. She is a member of her works cultural council club. She tries to make everyone happy and the world a better place.
What is a Contract?
As a UFCW 876 member, you are protected on the job by a legally binding document.
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For Participants of the MI UFCW Health & Welfare Fund
2017 Open Enrolment Has Begun & Ends December 6!
You must actively enroll at the end of every calendar year during the annual “Open Enrollment” period if you want coverage under the Health & Welfare Plan. The 2017 enrollment period begins November 15 and ends December 6. You can enroll online by: Clicking on the enrollment tab. Log in with your BlueCross BlueShield ID card number for your User ID, and your first initial and last name in all capital letters for your password, unless you have changed it. If you do not have a BlueCross BlueShield card, please contact the Plan Administrative Office at 1-248-585-9610 to obtain your log in information. Once logged in, follow the prompts to complete your enrollment. After submitting the enrollment form, you will receive a letter from the Plan Administrative Office confirming the receipt of your enrollment and your election type. You must also provide necessary legal documentation such as marriage certificate, divorce decree, birth certificates, etc., if you have not already done so. Questions? Contact Health and Welfare at 1-800-322-8190.
Celebrate the Season!
at your UFCW 876 Winter Holiday Party
Celebrate the season with your local 876 family at the union hall! Members and their children will be celebrating in style with a bounce house, face painting, balloons, crafts, and snacks, and a picture with Santa for everyone on the nice list! Children must be accompanied by an adult. See your union representative to get your tickets today!
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
UFCW Local 876 Union Hall,
876 Horace Brown Dr.,
Madison Heights, MI 48071
UFCW 876 & Sterling Heights Firefighters Union Team Up for the Community
at the Maple Lane Elementary School Thanksgiving Luncheon
We are so proud to be a part of this community in Michigan. Together with the Sterling Heights Firefighters Union Local 1557 and State Representative Henry Yanez, your local 876 participated in a donation to Maple Lane Elementary School’s food pantry. At their Thanksgiving Luncheon, we got to meet the AWESOME kids there and see what our hard work is really all about - doing what it takes to keep Michigan families fed, happy, and healthy. Together with the firefighters, we were able to donate $500 worth of gift cards and 63 turkeys to families in the area.
Strong Contracts Make Strong Communities:
Recently Ratified Contracts
Members are encourgaed to stay informed of their rights by obtaining their own copy of their union contract for their reference. Recently ratified contracts include: Adhesive Systems Inc, AmCane Sugar, Operating Engineers, and Wolverine Packing Co. Contracts will be available to members in the coming weeks. Call the Union hall for us to mail you a copy, or ask your union representative to bring you a copy at work.
September - Your Health Benefits
UFCW 876 fights hard to make sure Kroger invests in a better life for you because you spend time away from your own lives and families to make your company successful. We are proud of the Health benefits we’ve won by working together, from affordable healthcare to pre-paid legal services to reliable life insurance. We know that members depend on these valuable benefits, so we’re making sure they stay protected during upcoming negotiations. Check with your friends and family - we bet you’re paying less than they are! Take a moment to review what you have earned in your current contract, and while you’re at it, learn more about UFCW 876’s ongoing work to improve your contract by going to HardWorkWins.com.
2016 Textbook Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to our 5 Textbook Scholarship Recipients!
The 2016 UFCW 876 Scholarship winners have been announced and are being featured in your UFCW 876 Bulletins. Your union awards five $2,000 academic and five $500 textbook scholarships each year. Check back with us in January if you are interested in applying for our 2017 scholarships! Above are the recipients of our 2016 textbook awards. UFCW 876 is proud to support each one of these hard-working members who are committed to advancing their own lives and their communities. Our biggest congratulations to our winners - your Hard Work Wins!
2016 Academic Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to our 5 Academic Scholarship Recipients!
The 2016 UFCW 876 Scholarship winners have been announced and will be featured in the upcoming issues of the Bulletin. UFCW 876 awards five $2,000 academic and five $500 textbook scholarships each year. Above are the recipients of our 2016 academic awards. UFCW 876 is proud to support each one of these hard-working members who are committed to advancing their own lives and their communities. Our biggest congratulations to our winners - your Hard Work Wins!
August - Higher Wages & Strong Protections
As a hard-working UFCW 876 member, you’ve earned the right to be paid fairly and treated with respect. That’s why, for the month of August, HardWorkWins, our campaign supporting Kroger members looking forward to upcoming negotiations, will be focused on highlighting the benefits of your union wages. Together, in past contracts we have won more than just a dollar amount; we have won regularly scheduled pay increases, bonuses, holiday pay, supplemental days, paid vacation time, and a wage protection guarantee that workers do not get under non-union employment. We are proud to stand up for you to make sure you get every dollar you’ve earned. As your union contract comes up in 2017, UFCW 876 will strongly push for fair raises that reflect your hard work and help all our workers make ends meet, raise a family, and achieve a better life. Check out
www.HardWorkWins.com for more info!
Your Union Membership
Now More Important Than Ever
As many of our independent contracts are in process or approaching negotiations, your union membership has never been so important and impactful. By standing together with your coworkers for your collective voice, you all join your power together to create something bigger than yourselves; something that has the ability to create significant improvements in your contract language; something that enables your voice to be heard by your employer. UFCW 876 is here to stand beside you and make sure your employer hears what you have to say, but we are only as strong as our membership who stands with us. I can’t, but we can.
Find Out How Your Retirement Is Growing
Find out when and how you can collect your pension with great assistance! UFCW 876 members are encouraged to attend on of these free pension assistance open houses on:
September 21 - October 19 - November 16
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
UFCW 876 union hall, 876 Horace Brown Drive, Madison Heights, MI 48071
The Kroger Defense Fund Growing
Your Kroger Defense Fund, developed to ensure Kroger members don’t lose the power to join together to have a say in wages, workplace protections and the strength of our communities, has reached its second reporting window ending April 30, 2016. The results indicate $317,226 was contributed by the membership; therefore totalling $634,452 as the union matches through the treasury.
About Your Union
We always strive for the best.
Solid Contracts, Protections & Benefits
As a UFCW 876 member, you're protected by a legally-binding contract that's negotiated with member input and voted on by the members the contract covers. Your union contract features many benefits including: guaranteed wage increases; quality health insurance at a reasonable cost; employer-paid retirement plan; paid holidays and paid vacation; seniority rights, fair treatment from management and no discipline without just cause.
Who Is UFCW 876?
UFCW 876's nearly 19,000 members work at Adhesive Systems, Alexander & Hornung, Inc., AmCane Sugar, Bonnie Maid Products, Cattleman's Meat and Produce, CVS Pharmacy, Darling International, Dearborn Sausage Company, Diversified Chemical Technologies, Diversity, Inc., Hollywood Markets, Howard Finishing, Koegel Meats, The Kroger Company, Antolin St. Clair, Medstar Ambulance, Oleson's Food Stores, PPG Industries, Food Center, Plumb's Valu-Rite Foods, Polly's Food Service, Provincial House, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Riverside Market, Smith Meat Packing, Society St. Vincent DePaul, Turri's Italian Foods, Twin City Foods, Inc., Winter Sausage and Wolverine Packing Company.
Components of the Union
Programs that protect workers' hard-earned rights.
Finding Your Member Representative
Advocates in Your Workplace
The union has a staff of member representatives who are your advocate in the workplace. They know your contract and are on duty 24/7 to protect your job and to maintain a fair work environment. You can find your member representative by calling 1-800-321-6406 and using the extensions listed below or by e-mail.
Butterworth, Pete #8621
Clark, Joe #8669
Crim, Bill #8615
Hewelt, Jeff #8620
Kubik, Steve #8682
LaBeau, Jerry #8681
Martin, Armando #8675
McClanahan, Dawn #8676
Michael, Steven #8671
Morrison, John #8618
Phipps, Bill #8672
Teske, Rob #8623
Thomas, Margaritte #8643
Contractual Language Means What?!
Contracts Are Your Written Guarantee
There are nearly 50 different contracts reflecting over 18,000+ union members in 876. Although very detailed, a quick review reveals basic compondents: coverage, grievance procedure, paid time off, vacations, seniority, wages, hours and schedules. This language is your guarantee to a fair and safe work environment.
Your Health Insurance Coverage Is Important
Not every employer participates with the Michigan UFCW Unions & Employers Health & Welfare Fund, also called just the "Fund." This plan's administrative office manages medical, dental, vision, time loss and pre-paid legal inquiries and programs. You can call them at 1-800-322-8190 or visit them here.
Retirement Guidance Free to Members
The Time is Right to Plan Your Retirement
The union provides free financial guidance to every member and their spouse through the Financial Wellness Center located in the union hall. Pension assistance workshops are scheduled for April 20, May 18, June 15 and July 20 from 6 - 8 p.m. in the union hall; or call Aaron Cary to arrange a private meeting at 1-800-321-6406 extension 8645.
General Membership Meetings
2016 Tentative Schedule
All general membership meetings are open to eligible UFCW 876 members. At these meetings, union representatives review the actions of the executive board, present updates, and address member's questions. Meeting dates and time are subject to change. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to verify dates and times here. 2016 meetings are tentatively scheduled as follows:
Tuesdays: March 1 - June 7 - September 6 - December 13
Who We Are
The role of a labor union is to ensure that the balance is not tipped in favor of the employer when employees do not receive wages and benefits commensurate with their contribution.—William Burrus
President Robinson began his career as a meat cutter working for Allied Supermarkets in 1967. Since that time he has served UFCW 876 as steward, bargaining committee person, business representative, chief negotiator, recorder, vice president, secretary-treasurer, and serves as a trustee for both the MIUFCW and UFCW 876 Multi-Employer 401(k), UFCW 876 president since 2006, UFCW International vice president and is a trustee on the International Pension Fund.
Treasurer Pedersen began his career at Foodland, where he worked in the frozen food warehouse division. He joined the local in 2001 as a membership service representative, and thereafter served as director. He serves as trustee of the MIUFCW Fund and pre-paid legal and services on the UFCW 876 Multi-Employer 401(k), orchestrates staffing, grievance handling and negotiation processes.
Recorder Escareño was a meat cutter at his father’s grocery stores growing up. He began organizing on the Southside of Chicago before moving to Detroit over 12 years ago. He joined the Local as an organizer and afterward a business agent for the packing plants, henceforth supervising the plants and healthcare units. He continues to work with the organizing department and serves as an alternate trustee for the pre-paid legal fund.
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