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What is a Union?
Have you ever had trouble explaining what a union is? Check out this video for a short and sweet explanation.
What is a Contract?
As a UFCW 876 member, you are protected on the job by a legally binding document.
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.
Discover what your union is doing to represent, protect and educate.
Did You Know Union Dues are Tax Deductible?
On Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21, you can deduct unreimbursed employee expenses that exceed 2% of your income, using Form 2106. This includes dues and initiation fees you pay for union membership, but does not include any extra voluntary dues you may contribute to the ABC Political Fund. Check with your tax professional to find out more about the 2% rule and how to file your union dues under your itemized deductions. Or check out www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p529.pdf to read the details yourself. Find out the total amount of dues you have paid year-to-date by checking your last pay stub or calling our membership department at 1-800-321-6406 x. 8634. Already filed your taxes? Don’t worry - you can ammend your taxes up until April 14th using Form 1040X.
Identity Guard Keeps Members Protected
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. While it may not be possible to completely prevent identity theft, you can still take steps to protect yourself. One of the most efficient ways to help protect your identity is through credit monitoring. It is a great way to keep an eye on your credit files on a routine basis instead of on a yearly or sporadic basis. That is why your local 876 has partnered with Identity Guard® to offer members exculsive plan packages to make protecting your identity more feasible.
Depending on your level of service, your identity protection plan may also offer a monthly credit report and score, which can help you better assess your finances, as wells as other features such as lost wallet protection or identity theft victim assistance. The identity theft protection service can also alert you when it detects certain activity that may indicate fraud, giving you a head start as you freeze fraudsters out of your accounts. Don’t settle for less than the best when it comes to protecting your personal information. Learn more about Identity Guard® and plans available to members by clicking the link!
2017 Health & Welfare Incentive Checks
For those of you who are enrolled in our MI UFCW Health & Welfare Fund AND who completed the recent biometric screenings AND met the requirements, you can expect to receive your 2017 incentive check only when an amount has been applied to your 2017 deductible. This means, something must be billed to your insurance and applied to your deductible. If you have not been to the doctor yet or had any medical procedures, then chances are, nothing has been applied to your annual deductible. Once issued, the check will be mailed to your home address in a bright green envelope. Be sure to keep a close eye out, so you don’t miss it! Questions? Call the Health & Welfare Fund at 1-800-322-8190
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:
876 Bargaining Updates
Your union, UFCW Local 876, is currently in contract negotiations with seven different companies, including the Kroger Company, and the People’s Food Co-Op of Ann Arbor, who recently won their union election at the end of last year. Other companies in negotiations with your union include Alexander Hornung, Inc., Diversitak, Inc., Plumbs, Inc., Polly’s Country Market Food Service, and the Rite Aid Corporation. Members employed at these companies are encouraged to talk to their stewards and member representatives for updates on negotiations. As always, the most important thing you can do to keep your union strong in negotiations is to stay united with your coworkers in your union. Our true strength always comes from standing together; UFCW 876 is proud to stand with its members.
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.
Your Retirement is Waiting... Start Planning Now!
Find out when and how you can collect your pension with great assistance! UFCW 876 members are encouraged to attend one of these free pension assistance open houses on:
March 15 - April 19 - March 17
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.
The New American Citizenship Fund
With the help of UFCW 876 and UFCW United Latinos, the New American Citizenship Fund provides $500 to awarded members to assist in their US citizenship application expenses. These scholarships support members who have applied for US citizenship and have demonstrated a serious commitment to building a stronger voice for workers in their union and in their community through active engagement in advancing social and economic justice. Download the application details in English and Spanish below.
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
Jennifer Frankford #8616
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 January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, and November 15 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
2017 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 7 - June 6 - September 12 - December 12
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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