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    Pension Protection Program

    Eligible #UFCW876 members are encouraged to vote on the Pension Protection Program during the week of August 17 - 22, 2020 at six locations across the state, see member letter and schedule here.


    In order to protect both current benefits and guarantee future benefits, a proposed agreement that would ensure full funding must be put to a vote. It is imperative eligible members vote yes to protect his program.


    Please lean on your union, membership representative for clarification and details leading up to the vote. Review this chart to see process.

    Rite Aid Union Members Earn Solid Protections

    #UFCW876 members working at RITE AID Corporation have overwhelmingly ratified a five-year agreement today that guarantees wage increases, pension, health care, bonus, pathway to full-time status, no take-aways and overtime paid for the 6th day! #Congratulations #876Members working at #RiteAid #876Strong #876Steward #1u #ufcw


    COVID-19 Testing State Mandated for Meat & Poultry Processing Plant Workers

    #UFCW876 members working in meat and poultry processing plants are impacted by a recent, state emergency order requiring #COVID-19 testing. Issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the order states employers cannot allow the return to in-person work without testing by August 24, 2020. #ufcw #1u #staysafe #gettested


    Pension Open House August 19, 2020 is Free to Join

    Let 876 help put the pieces together. Find out when and how you can collect your pension. Virtual monthly open houses provide assistance with pension forms, payment options and health care benefits.

    Pension Open Houses will be presented by 876's Financial Specialist Aaron Cary via a webinar. Here is how to join in on Wednesday, August 19 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    1) in URL type: https:/zoom.us/j/8109653974;
    2) click the prompt: “Open Zoom;”
    3) type the meeting ID: 8109653974 (if not done automatically);
    4) click the prompt “Computer Audio;”
    5) if computer has no speakers, follow prompts to connect audio via phone.
    Cell phone / tablet:
    1) Download the Zoom app through either Google Play, Apple App Store, or at www.zoom.com;
    2) click the prompt: “open Zoom;”
    3) type the meeting ID: 8109653974;
    4) click the prompt “Computer Audio.”


    News & Notice:

    August Bulletin

    The August Bulletin is now available. Top stories include: Your Right to Refuse, Pension Protection Program & Vote, Membership Golf and Pension Open House via Zoom! with Aaron Cary. 

    Let's Golf - Safely!

    #UFCW876 Members are invited to join their union brothers and sisters for a nice, relaxing day outside on one of three beautiful Michigan golf courses: Warren Valley G.C. in Dearborn, Maple Lane G.C. in Sterling Heights or IMA Brookwood G.C. in Burton.


    Due to reducing transmission of COVID-19, we will not be holding an award dinner after; but plan to enhance activities in lieu of.


    Download your reservation form here.

    MIUFCW 2021 Wellness Program

    #UFCW876 Members participating in the MIUFCW Fund, and their spouse (if enrolled) should get a biometric screening, or enroll in the Healthy Life Coaching Program and receive a flu shot. Screenings can be completed between August 1, 2020 through October. 31, 2020 and can be done at your doctor's office OR at a participating local, Kroger Pharmacy. Call 1-877-444-9689 or visit www.krogerscreenings.com to make your appointment.


    Watch the biometric video here.


    Visit the Fund for more information or call 1-248-585-9610 with questions.  

    Avoid the lines. Avoid the wait. Vote absentee.

    All Michigan voters can now vote absentee! Step 1 - request your ballot at: Michigan.gov/Vote (online submittal or download and print). Step 2 - complete, sign and return (or submit online) to your city clerk's office by 5:00 p.m. the Friday prior to an election. Your ballot will then be mailed to you! #easypeezy You can also drop off the application in person by 4:00 p.m. the Monday prior and vote in the clerk's office. #UFCW876 #VOTE202 🙌


    Delta Dental of Michigan for MIUFCW

    876 Members who are a participant of the MIUFCW Fund (Oleson's, Hollywood, Darling and Kroger Metro) will have a new, expanded dental network effective July 1, 2020, Delta Dental. President Pedersen explains. Click here.



  • Steward Nation!

    Annual Steward Conferences / Drive Up & Meet Up

    Hey Steward Nation,

    The Steward conferences went over really well! It was so nice to see everyone. If you have not seen the photos of these events, log on to our Facebook and view them:
    Mt. Pleasant photo gallery.

    Madison Heights gallery.

    Traverse City gallery.


    Need an updated R.S.V.P? Click here.

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  • A Message of Support, Advocacy & Appreciation

    Michigan's Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist sends an important message of support, advocacy and appreciation to the members of #UFCW876. #Thankyou @LtGovGilchrist for recognizing the importance that employers are accountable to us! #UFCW876 #StillEssential #UFCW876Strong #ufcw #LtGovGilchrist


    Send a message!

  • 876 Member Advantage Series 2020


    *You must be a member in good standing of UFCW Local 876 to attend member events and to participate in member programs.

    Member Event Scheduling Determined by Federal and State Mandated Health & Safety Recommendations.

    876 is now moving forward - safely. 876 Events will be handled a little differently due to COVID-19. We will all have to work together to be mindful, and still have a little fun. Note the dates for the Annual Steward Conferences have been rescheduled for July. Thanks for staying in the loop. We can't wait to see you.

    Let's Gather - Safely!

    876 plans to take precautions and hope you do too.

    UFCW 876 members and their families are invited to join these union events, adventures and educational opportunities at a discounted rate. Events include many added perks and surprises.


    Event reservation forms and detailed information will be published here and on www.facebook.com/UFCW876 one month prior to an event. "Steward Lunch & Learns, Steward Conferences and the 25-Year Member Celebration are by invitation only.

    2020 Pension Open House Schedule

    Webinars will be scheduled during pandemic

    Let 876 help put the pieces together!

    Join UFCW 876 Pension Specialist Aaron Cary during his live webinars and find out when and how you can collect your pension. Webinars go into effective March 18, 2020 until further notice.


    How to join Aaron's webinar:

    1) in URL type: https:/zoom.us/j/8109653974;
    2) click the prompt: “Open Zoom;”
    3) type the meeting ID: 8109653974 (if not done automatically);
    4) click the prompt “Computer Audio;”
    5) if computer has no speakers, follow prompts to connect audio via phone.


    Cell phone / tablet:
    1) Download the Zoom app through either Google Play, Apple App Store, or at www.zoom.com;
    2) click the prompt: “open Zoom;”
    3) type the meeting ID: 8109653974
    4) click the prompt “Computer Audio.”

  • Union Vibe

    President Pedersen's "Connection" articles and other thoughtful insights featured here.

  • How the Pension Process Works

    Knowing the 876 Pension Connection, Resources and Programs

    UFCW International Union-Industry Pension Fund

    P.O. Box 6000, Frankfort, Illinois 60423-6000



    Attend a Pension Open House

    Eligible 876 members curious about or contemplating a retirement should attend a Pension Open House at the union hall. Download a flyer for dates and times.


    Request a "Pension Credit Application"

    Do your research. Discover what your current pension status is by calling the pension office and requesting a "Pension Credit Application."


    Request a "Retirement Application"

    Gearing up to retire? Six months before your date, call the pension office and request a "Retirement Application."


    Address Changes

    Changing your address with the pension office is easy. Download the form here and mail it in or fax it to: 1-312-329-7923.

  • More Member Perks

    Great discounts on real protections, click here!

    FREE, 2020 pension assistance workshops

    Join us the third Wednesday for a live webinar 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 and their spouses are encouraged to attend a free pension assistance open houses via webinar. Directions to do that here. Download the Webinar flyer here. 


    January 15 - Union Hall.

    February 19 - Union Hall.

    March 18 - Live webinar.

    April 15 - Live webinar.

    May 20 - Live webinar.

    June 17 - Live webinar.

    July 15 - Live webinar.

    August 19 - Live webinar.

    September 16 - tbd.

    October 21 - tbd.

    November 18 - tbd.

    No workshop for December





    FREE online college! Seriously, it's totally free.

    UFCW Free College Benefit

    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.

    Apply Today

    Degree Programs

    Great discounts on real protections, click here!

    Retiree Club

    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 info@ufcw876.org.

    Great discounts on real protections, click here!

    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.

    Great discounts on real protections, click here!

    Get Your G.E.D.

    UFCW members can take General Equivalency Diploma (GED) classes for free through Essential GED.

    This GED program offers a customized learning plan, so that you’ll be able to successfully prepare yourself to pass the GED test, regardless of when you last went to school.

    This program also allows you to study at your own pace – all classes are self-guided and can be completed from your phone or tablet.

    If you are interested in using this benefit, please complete and submit the form on this page. It may take a few days to verify your UFCW membership. However, once confirmed, you’ll receive an email that explains how to login and begin taking free online GED classes.

    At this time, this benefit is only available to UFCW members and retirees.

    If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the UFCW education helpdesk at education@ufcw.org.


    Great discounts on real protections, click here!

    The UFCW 876 Scholarship

    UFCW 876 has an extension scholarship program that includes a yearly award of five, $2,000 Academic Scholarships, five, $1,000 Student Debt Relief Awards and five, $500 Textbook Awards. The application process is available both in hard copy and online, and are issued during the first week of January and are due back to the union offices in April. Winners are announced in June.


    Great discounts on real protections, click here!

    Learn a New Language for Free

    Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, and over 70 other different languages, including 20 different ESL courses.

    Whether it is for travel, work, or just for fun, the UFCW’s free foreign language program makes learning a new language easy.

    UFCW members can use this benefit to learn a foreign language for free online and at their own pace. All lessons are self-guided. The program gives members access to online classes to learn Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, and over 70 other different languages, including 20 different ESL courses.

    The online classes build on four conversational skills necessary to fully learn a new language: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

    Seats in this program are limited and will be given on a first come, first served basis. If the program is full, you will be placed on a wait list until a seat opens up for you.

    At this time, this benefit is only available to UFCW members and retirees.


  • 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.

  • 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. Download a printable listing here.


    Clark, Joe #8669


    Nathan Clark #8674


    Crim, Bill #8615


    Dziubinski, Jessie #8659


    Hill, Elaine #8664

    LaBeau, Jerry #8681


    Freund, Marc #8682


    McClanahan, Dawn #8676


    Michael, Steven #8671


    Morrison, John #8618

    Bill Phipps #8672


    Alejandra Ruiz #8619


    Pam Serour #8626


    Teske, Rob #8623


    Thomas, Margaritte #8643


    Stephanie Villalpando #8629



    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 now available through webinars. Pension assistance webinars are scheduled for January 15, February 19, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, and November 18 from 6 - 8 p.m. Call Aaron Cary with inquiries at 1-800-321-6406 extension 8645.

    General Membership Meetings

    2020 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. at the union hall. Members are encouraged to verify dates and times here. 2020 meetings are tentatively scheduled as follows:

    Tuesdays: March 10 - June 9 - September 8- December 1

  • UFCW 876 Worker Organizing

    Don't let your hard work go unrecognized. Get a voice in the workplace, contact our organizing department at 1.888.485.9671.

  • Let Us Know

    Don't be afraid to reach out. You + us = awesome!

  • Updates Here 

    Get married? Move to a new place? Switch jobs? Let the union know.

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  • Your Union Hall is in Madison Heights, Mi

    United Food & Commercial Workers Local 876

    876 Horace Brown Drive, Madison Heights, Michigan 48071

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