Discover what your union is doing to advocate, protect and educate.
Steward Lunch & Learn
Union Stewards are encourage to attend the Lunch & Learn workshops scheduled to take place early spring, all over the state. It's an educational day with plenty of interactive learning, Q & A, visuals and take-home materials, coupled with raffles, give-aways and plenty of friendship and networking. Be the resource of contractual guidance at work - attend this workshop!
Invitations are included in the December Steward Edition mailed 12/9/19. #876Stewards
People's Food Co-op Meet, Greet & Eat Scheduled
Members working at People's Food Co-op in Ann Arbor are encouraged to meet up with UFCW 876 Wednesday night, December 11, 2019 from 8:00 - 10:30 p.m. to discuss the upcoming contract negotiations and participate in a brief survey.
The December Bulletin is on its way into your workplace; but 876 social media friends get the sneak peek. Inside: understanding purchasing policies, checking your status for Fund benefits, upcoming union scholarship material release and the 2020 Membership Advantage Series schedule, download here.
Medstar Ambulance Ratify Wage Re-opener
Members working at Medstar Ambulance voted last night to ratify a wage re-opener which includes: eliminate first step of EMT scale; start at $14; three percent raise across the board; increase CCT stipend to $3/hour worked as designated CCT unit; increase FTO rate by $1/hour, EMT FTO on BLS unit by $2/hour and add communications training officer (CTO) at $2/hour. #ufcw #ufcw876 #StrongerTogether #ambulanceunion 💪🏽🚑
Ring in the Holiday - with 876!
We are hosting a really nice kick-off to the holiday season at Blake's Orchard in Armada on Friday, December 6, 2019. Food, hot chocolate bar, $10 gift vouchers for shopping, photos with Santa and a whole lot more. Download your RSVP here and send it in to the union hall ASAP.
Don’t Give Away Your Overtime Pay
You have rights that protect your paycheck! Holiday pay may place you over 40 hours in one week. Any hours over 40 requires you be paid overtime - not straight time.
By signing a “waiver form” you are voluntarily allowing straight time be paid for hours over 40 in one week; and relinquishing your overtime. If this happens, call your membership representative right away at 1-800-321-6406.
It's Open Enrollment Time!
Are you auto re-enrolled? Keep a lookout for a bright, yellow envelope in your mailbox during the week of November 18 to find out if you are auto re-enrolled or check online at www.mufcwbenefits.com during the open enrollment period. November 20 through December 13, 2019.
Questions? Contact the Plan Administrative office at 1-248-585-9610, Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or e-mail email@example.com
Don't Risk Your Career Over a Quick Purchase
Every week, multiple reports arrive into the union hall; someone was suspended pending termination due to shopping on the clock which is a violation of most every company’s purchase policy.
Members have gotten comfortable with management, comfortable in their jobs, comfortable on night crew and comfortable watching other members do it. But make no mistake, there is no amount of work ethic, seniority or clean, work record that will get you off the hook of a purchase policy violation.
It is important to note as well, pulling sale items / mark-downs from the floor into storage / back room, to “hold them” until you can purchase them on the clock is also a violation of the purchase policy.
876 Retiree Club is Open to New Members
Union friendships don't have to end once you retire. Join the UFCW 876 Retiree Club for continuing education, travel and friendship. Send an e-mail to President Wiley for additional information at info@ufcw876 or drop into a monthly meeting at the union hall - first Wednesday of every month at 11:00 a.m. Please share this post with your retired friends. Download to share the letter here. .#ufcw876 #ufcw #FarmerJack #Chatham #GreatScott #AandP #Wrigleys #MontgomeryWard #RayFoods #Hygrade 🙌
P.M.L.A. & Your Union Contract
Have questions regarding Michigan's new law, Paid Medical Leave Act? Here's a brief video that explains how the law has been modified by legislative interests so it no longer serves working Michigan. But don't worry, you've got a union contract that guarantees your benefits and medical leave protections.
*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.
Member Advantage Series 2020
Let 876 help put the pieces together!
2020 Pension Open Houses
Let 876 help put the pieces together!
Join UFCW 876 Pension Specialist Aaron Cary during one of 11 pension open houses in 2020 and find out when and how you can collect your pension. These open houses are free to members and provide assistance with pension forms, payment options and health care benefits. Bring your spouse. Download and share a flyer here.
More Member Perks
Union Scholarship Awards Plus NEW! Student Debt Relief Awards
2020 dates have been set!
876 will be rolling out the 2020 Academic and Textbook Scholarship applications along with Student Debt Relief awards beginning the week of January 6, 2020. Watch this site, our Facebook as well as any union, membership representative for an application. Other important dates:
Week of January 6 - application availability.
Deadline to submit: April 30, 2020.
Announcements: June 8, 2020.
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, 2020 pension assistance workshops
Join us the third 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. Download the flyer for 2019, here.
No workshop for December
UFCW 876 union hall, 876 Horace Brown Drive, Madison Heights, MI 48071
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 the new member brochure here.
Clark, Joe #8669
Nathan Clark #8674
Crim, Bill #8615
Hill, Elaine #8664
LaBeau, Jerry #8681
Freund, Marc #8682
McClanahan, Dawn #8676
Michael, Steven #8671
Morrison, John #8618
Bill Phipps #8672
Alejandra Ruiz #8619
Kylie Earl #8670
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 located in the union hall. Pension assistance workshops 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. in the union hall; or call Aaron Cary to arrange a private meeting 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. Members are encouraged to verify dates and times here. Next meeting is December 10, 2019. 2020 meetings are tentatively scheduled as follows:
Tuesdays: March 10 - June 9 - September 8- December 1
Get married? Move to a new place? Switch jobs? Let the union know.