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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.
What's the news today?
Discover what your union is doing to represent, protect and educate.
Stamp Out Hunger
Starts with You
UFCW is participating with the National Letter Carriers Association in its annual "Stamp Out Hunger" program to provide food to needy families in our communities.
876 members and their neighbors living in Sterling Heights and Warren can expect to receive a postcard, see image, describing the process on May 6, 7, or 9; and a yellow, plastic grocery shopping bag with the UFCW 876 logo on May 10, 11 and 12. Members are encouraged to fill bags with non-perishable items, and place near their mailbox on Saturday, May 14 for pickup by your mail person.
Did you get your 2015 wellness credit check?
In 2015, eligible participants and enrolled spouses of the MIUFCW Fund who earned a wellness credit by completing biometric screenings and / or the Health Risk Questionnaire (HRQ) within the deadline were sent a check to their home address.
If you feel you were entitled to a wellness credit reimbursement in 2015 and are unable to locate this check, call the Fund Plan Administrative Office at 1-248-585-9610 to inquire about your status. Qualifying participants will be re-issued a check.
Union Sisterhood Scholarship
The 876 Women's Network is happy to announce its first scholarship opportunity, developed to provide the vehicle to one hard-working union sister who knows the value of a solid contract! Application process is easy as 1) application 2) transcripts 3) essay. Find the fine print by clicking sisterhood scholarship in the menu above.
Deadline is May 31, 2016 by 4 p.m. postmarked or via hand-delivery. Go girl!
Jessica Philley at Kroger 487 earned herself a prize when she accepted the union's challenge to seek and find a hard working union member in its #hardworkwins recognition campaign.
Union members have free retirement planning
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:
May 18 - June 15 - July 20
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 first reporting window ending February 29, 2016. The results indicate $245,726 was contributed by the membership; therefore totalling $491,452 as the union matches through the treasury.
Michigan’s economic and legislative enviornments make it more and more difficult for workers to secure or even maintain current protections; ones that provide meaningful sustainability. The Defense Fund stands as member recognition and support and a measure for the need of a fair and just contract that provides real wages and benefits.
Why membership is important
Membership in the union is the most powerful position a worker can take in protecting their wages, scheduling, paid time off and benefits. Collectively, when workers remain strong by standing together, work environments and standards improve.
Member Representatives like Joe Clark, pictured here, can help you get on board with your union by signing a membership application.
Get active, be a part of the solution.
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
Frankford, Jennifer #8616
Hewelt, Jeff #8620
Kubik, Steve #8682
LaBeau, Jerry #8681
Martin, Armando #8675
McClanahan, Dawn #867
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.
Secretary-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 / Communications
Recorder Christoff began her career at UFCW 876 as the public relations in 1987. Since that time she has served as an executive assistant to the president, event coordinator, communications director. She serves as an alternate trustee on MIUFCW Fund, pre-paid legal, and 876 Multi-Employer 401(k), and is a member of the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA), and UFCW Women’s Network.
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