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Enter the 1st Annual UFCW Labor Day Art Contest!
This year, the UFCW International is hosting its first ever Labor Day art contest, to celebrate working people with something made by working people!
UFCW members and their children are eligible to enter an original work of art to be in the running for a $500 Visa gift card AND have their artwork framed and displayed at the DC labor Fest in the fall! The winning piece will also be available for all UFCW locals and members at our online UFCW Store. Two runners up will receive $50 Visa gift cards.
To enter, send us a high resolution photo image of your art at www.ufcw.org/contest. Your submission must have a Labor Day theme. The deadline to submit is August 25th, and winners will be notified by August 29th.
This is your chance to showcase what you think Labor Day is all about while showing off your creative skills—we can’t wait to see what you can do!
2016 Scholarship Winners Announced
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. To the left 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!
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 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.
Salvation Army Falls Short
The drivers of Salvation Armies across southeast Michigan organized themselves and stood up for their right to safe working conditions, secure pay and benefits, and a voice on the job. But Salvation Army thinks they are exempt from having to listen to their workers because they are a religions institution. We don’t know what kind of religion they follow, but when we learned about religion, we were taught to treat people how we want to be treated and to stand up for those without a voice. If they don’t want to play fair then neither do we. We will not be shopping at the Salvation Army until they decide to treat people with respect, and we invite you to do the same.
Email email@example.com with “Salvation Army Boycott” in the headline to join us!
Find Out What Your Retirement Looks Like
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:
August 17 - September 21 - October 19
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
UFCW 876 union hall, 876 Horace Brown Drive, Madison Heights, MI 48071
Building a Better Workplace
Your union contract is a powerful document! It might seem like a snooze to read, but inside is very important information pertaining to your work life; and how you can protect yourself from any injustice. Think of this document as a toolbox filled with custom-made tools crafted for specific purposes; just cause, wage scales, benefits, pension, scheduling and seniority rights. It lays out what you are entitled to by law for your hard work.
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.
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