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February 3, 2014 - Mark Schauer has proven to be someone who has throughout his career, either as the director of Head Start or as a congressman not afraid to make decisions on the behalf of the working class, has remained an advocate for working families in Michigan.
UFCW 876 stands solidly behind Congressman Schauer as he brings the experience, mindset, tenacity and leadership that is sorely missing in state government today, as a result of his vast experience as a public servant.
Schauer understands it is ctitical that the middle class remain strong financially in order to support our state's economy. Michigan's labor community will lend their resources and memberships in guaranteeing the very heart of this state (its working families) is protected from corporate wealth and tax burden. This burden, placed onto the working class by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and his controlled legislature, have dismantled much of what made Michigan a national leader.
UFCW 876 is committed to supporting Congressman Schauer during his campaign as Michigan's next governor. Efforts are in the works for election day in developing worker networking, worker-to-worker canvassing, phone banks and rally support. The labor community is unified for Schauer and union membership in Michigan stand ready to provide volunteers, educate our neighbors and embrace a kind of leadership that Schauer will bring.
January 13, 2014 - Kroger members who are participants of the Michigan UFCW Unions & Employers Health & Welfare Fund are now required to fill prescriptions through the Kroger Prescription Plan / Program or (KPP). This can be done at any Kroger pharmacy.
Kroger members can expect a KPP ID card to arrive in the mail shortly. However, in the meantime, prescription benefits can be provided by securing a temporary KPP card as follows:
1. Visit www.kpp-rx.com, click "Member Services," and click "Kroger Employee Temporary ID Card." You will be able to download and print your personalized ID card once your registration is complete. Creating an account will be useful in the future to track medications, view history and monitor your benefits.
2. Call the Fund office at 1-800-322-8190, and they will provide to you a unique numerical identifier, Member ID / Social Security #, that would appear on your ID card, see above, and any other related information needed to fill your prescription.
For members who have other coverage for prescription benefits through a spouse, please note the pharmacist may have to call the KPP help desk number to verify the first time you fill a script at the Kroger pharmacy.
Non-Kroger Members Now Have CVS/Caremark
Non-Kroger members who are participants of the "Fund", will have a new prescription benefit manager, CVS Caremark and must use the network pharmacies listed below, or one of the CVS Pharmacies.
Harding's Market Pharmacy (Kalamazoo), Hollywood Market (Star Sav Mor) Pharmacy, Kroger Pharmacy, Meijer Pharmacy, (not Traverse City) Oleson's in Traverse City, Plumb's Market (Hackley Pharmacy) and select Rite Aid Pharmacies. Be sure to verify your chosen pharmacy continues to participate in the pharmacy network before filling a prescription and be sure to use your CVS/Caremark card.
December 17, 2013 - Important Information for Eligible Members -
If you missed the open enrollment deadline and didn't enroll for 2014 coverage through the MIUFCW Health & Welfare Fund, it might not be too late. If you had a special circumstance that prevented you to timely enroll, you may file an appeal, in writing, to the Fund's CEO, Angela Nick, 876 Horace Brown Dr., P.O. Box 71400, Madison Heights, MI 48071; or by fax at 1-248-589-2819.
Don't forget to send in supporting documents to help your appeal.
Members who missed open enrollment and did not have a special circumstance are encouraged to enter the online marketplace or exchange to secure health care benefits at www.healthcare.gov.
November 10, 2013- a The recent implementation of a new computer-driven scheduling program called "e-scheduling" by The Kroger Company is not much different than other software used in the past including "Primetime," and a host of others that have created scheduling modifications.
"The company claims the computer-driven program will aid in providing adequate service during peak hours," Roger Robinson, UFCW 876 president said. "Its intent is to recognize both the needs of the business, (delivery times, customer traffic, and budget) and seniority, in creating schedules that is customized to that store location; and that could bring scheduling changes."
The program is currently being used in several locations including; 689, 442, 673, 684, 637, 419 and 444, with plans to expand into other territories once glitches are resolved.
"This program is a work in progress. As the company attempts to become more efficient through technology; they must also continue to recognize existing contractual rights and the scope of reasonable working conditions," Robinson said. "The weight of monitoring schedules really falls on the shoulders of the membership; and to alert the union to any discrepancies."
Contractual language regarding seniority and scheduling remain in effect. This means members with seniority may claim shifts, and days off first in a department based on daily and weekly schedules. For part-time employees, availability may affect scheduled hours.
Members who may have had a consistent schedule based on past practice, may experience modifications.
"Ultimately, the company has the right to budget and schedule their hours; as members have the right to claim schedules based on seniority and availability," Robinson said. "UFCW 876 recognizes emerging technology, but also stands ready to protect the schedules of its membership through the contract."