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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, Axson Revocoat, 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, Pat's 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.
2016 UFCW 876 Scholarship
Eligible union members and their dependents are encouraged to apply for one of five $2,000 academic scholarships or one of five $500 textbook scholarships. Deadline to submit materials is April 29, 2016. Three easy steps can get you closer to the education you want: applicant information, essay and official school transcripts. Read complete details in the download below, available in both English and Spanish.
What's the news today?
Discover what your union is doing to represent, protect and educate.
Plan Your Life!
Kroger members needing advance scheduling for second jobs, childcare or appointments can do so with advance scheduling due to kick off on March 6, 2016. UFCW 876 has met with the company to ensure all contractual scheduling languages and protections remain in effect.
Questions? Call your member representative at 1-800-321-6406.
Medstar Ambulance Members Secure
The 200+ members working at Medstar Ambulance in Mt. Clemens and regional stations in Michigan, have secured a four-year agreement. The contract provides wage increases , the elimination of a second their wage scale, great Steward advocacy, 401(k) company contribution increase, maintenance of health care benefits and increased reimbursement for an existing educational assistance program.
Twin City Foods Members Secure Contract
The 120+ union members working at Twin City Foods, Inc., in Lake Odessa, Michigan, responsible for processing, freezing, packaging, and distributing quick frozen vegetables products have secured a four-year contract. The contract provides wage increases for all members, improved vacation languages, attendance bonuses and the addition of both dental and optical plans.
Women's Network Sets Spring Schedule
The union's Women's Network is coming to your neighborhood this March. Our agenda is simple, set plans and fundraising efforts for 2016; meet sisters in our industry and build our movement for 2017!
Romeo: W, March 9 @ 6 p.m.
Caesar Library, 107 Church Street
Madison Hts: TH, March 10 @ 6 p.m.
876 Horace Brown Drive, (union hall)
Brighton: F, March 11 @ 6 p.m.
IHOP, 8075 Nemco Way
The Kroger Defense Fund Has Strong Start
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 December 31, 2015. The results indicate $57,445 was contributed by the membership; therefore totalling $114,890 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.
Anderson, Justin #8674
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.
Financial 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 21, February 17 and March 16, 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 13 - 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.