About Your Union
We always strive for the best in our communities.
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.
Discover what your union is doing to advocate, protect and educate.
Building Stronger Communities - Together.
Member opinion and participation will help identify key issues you would like your union to advocate for. Please consider taking a very brief survey [ bit.ly/BetterLifeWith876 ] to gauge interest and opinion. Together, we can work toward building a better life for you and your family. Eligible members encouraged to please take the survey.
Don’t Work Through your Lunch or Break
Your Union Contract Guarantees Time to Eat, Rest
Both lunch periods and rest periods (breaks) are written, contractual rights that are guaranteed in your union contract. And when broken down monetarily, they have a significant value over the course of a year. For example, rest periods are valued at $1,788 for members hired after 2010, full time at top rate.
If encouraged by management to work through a break or lunch, explain to them your contractual right in Article 13, “Lunch & Rest Periods,” page 9. For meat department members, it’s contained in Article 10, under “Schedules & Working Conditions,” 10.8 Lunch Period and 10.9 Rest Periods, both on page 6.
Both Kroger metro grocery and meat contracts contain language that guarantees both a 30 minute lunch period and a 15 minute break triggered after a minimum hour shift is scheduled. Read your contract for specifics or ask your union membership representative for clarification. Your contract is a powerful tool, be sure to use it!
Leaves of Absence
Personal leaves are sought at times when an incident is not covered by FMLA, Family Medical Leave Act. This notice will not deal with FMLA leave since that is a right you earn and one your union will continue to defend.
Most employers have the discretion to grant a leave of absence for a short period of time. Discretion gives the employer the ability to make a prudential judgement on when, how or why it will deny or grant a leave. The ability to get production done or filling a skilled position can play into the employer's decision.
The union is here to ensure when the employer uses its ability to grant leaves, that it will be done fairly and respecting seniority. The union has a contractual right to ensure the process is fair but also respecting the employer's discretion to grant personal leaves.
Call your union membership representative if you have any questions. 1-800-321-6406
25th UFCW 876 Anniversary Celebration Is In November
Save the date post cards have been mailed to all UFCW 876 members in September; with invitations coming the week of September 24; to those with 25 years union membership in good standing, who are currently active, effective December 31, 2017. Event dates: Motor City November 3 or Soaring Eagle on November 9, 2018. These events are by invitation only.
Facebook review contests
May's winner of the Facebook Review Contest is Mya Skinner, Kroger #774 in Roseville. Congratulations Mya!
Each month 876 holds this contest for union members who submit a review on the UFCW 876 Facebook. At month's end, a winner is randomly selected and President Pedersen heads out with a basket full of UFCW-made, Michigan-made and union-made products and swag. The next winner could be you, leave a review!
Want to get in on the fun? Leave a review by using the navigation links far left by clicking "Reviews." Mark how many stars (1-5) and a brief comment and you could be receiving a store visit!
*You must be a member in good standing of UFCW Local 876 to attend member events and to participate in member programs.
UFCW 876 is taking every opportunity to provide a variety of discounted adventures and workshops both educational and for networking. These events encourage open discussion and lively conversation with your union representatives and executive staff. Membership Pop-ups are also being planned throughout the year and will be announced on Facebook and Bulletins.
Hallowe'en with 876!
Join us for a frightfully fun night at Greenfield Village on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. $20 per person includes admission, swag and $10 "fun money" to spend in the village.
Member Advantage Series
FREE online college! Seriously, it's totally free.
The UFCW Free College Benefit ensures that UFCW members and their families do not have to pay out of pocket for any tuition, fees or e-books at Eastern Gateway Community College—resulting in cost savings of thousands of dollars!
The Free College Benefit covers any amount for tuition, fees or books that is not covered by federal or employer education grants.
Children (or stepchildren), grandchildren (or step-grandchildren), spouses, domestic partners, and financial dependents of UFCW members are eligible for the UFCW Free College Benefit. Retired UFCW members are also eligible.
FREE pension assistance workshops
Join us the first Wednesday of every month from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m..
Find out when and how you can collect your pension with great assistance! UFCW 876 members are encouraged to attend a free pension assistance open house.
UFCW 876 union hall, 876 Horace Brown Drive, Madison Heights, MI 48071
Friends, Education and Adventure
The Retiree Club is one of the largest in the nation. Annual events, educational and group travel keep the union hall filled with friendship, networking and fun. The club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 11 a.m. All retired 876 members are eligible to join the club for only $1 a month. E-mail your interest to join at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Union Plus Programs
You work hard, and at Union Plus, we work hard for you. Since 1986, we’ve been supporting union members and their families through life’s celebrations, hardships, and everything in between. Check it out for great discounts from mortgages to movie tickets.
Your identity is unique. We can help keep it that way.
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 exclusive 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 going to www.identityguard.com/ufcw
Components of the Union
People 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.
Clark, Joe #8669
Nathan Clark #8674
Crim, Bill #8615
Hill, Elaine #8664
LaBeau, Jerry #8681
McClanahan, Dawn #8676
Michael, Steven #8671
Morrison, John #8618
Phipps, Bill #8672
Schiller, Kylie #8670
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 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, and November 128 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
2018 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 6:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to verify dates and times here. 2018 meetings are tentatively scheduled as follows:
Tuesdays: March 13 - June 12 - September 11- December 11
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.
Get married? Move to a new place? Switch jobs? Let the union know.