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The October Bulletin is on its way into your workplace; but Facebook friends always get the first look. Inside: Kroger Metro Grocery and Meat Ratify, Harvest Parties Scheduled, Biometric Screenings for 2020 Benefits, 25 Year Member Celebration and 401(k) Enrollment and Servicing. #UFCW876 💪🏽
401(k)Enrollment & Servicing
AmCane Sugar, Hollywood, Oleson’s, People’s Food, Polly’s & Winter’s Sausage
Members 18 years old with three months of service interested in enrolling in; and those existing account holders interested in reviewing or make changes to an existing 401(k) account through Cygnet Financial Freedom House are encouraged to review dates and times UFCW 876’s Pension Specialist Aaron Cary will be at your workplace. Review the schedule here.
*Note AmCane Sugar schedule: Tuesday, 01.07.20 from 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and Tuesday, 01.14.19 from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. not included in this attached document.
25-Year Member Celebration
It is the Third Annual 25-Year Member Celebration for UFCW 876 and we can't wait to see you and a guest! Be sure to look for your invitation in the mail!
Members who have 25 years of good standing with 876, effective December 31, 2018 are encouraged to save these dates: Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Motor City Sound Board, Detroit and Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Soaring Eagle, Mt. Pleasant.
This month's Bulletin contains important information regarding the Kroger Metro contract, biometric screenings, pension open house dates and a whole lot of fun. #UFCW876
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.
Harvest Party at Wiard's Orchards in Ypsilanti
We have planned new, discounted adventures for you!
Join UFCW 876 on Saturday, October 26, 2019, for affordable family fun at Wiard's Orchard in Ypsilanti. Tickets are $20 each and include admission, country fair, wagon rides, inflatables, slide, corn maze, moon walk, play area, 876 swag and so much more! Download a flyer here to R.S.V.P. your space(s) at this daytime event just for 876 members!
Harvest Party at Blake's Orchard in Armada
We have planned new, discounted adventures for you!
Join UFCW 876 on Saturday, October 26, 2019, for affordable family fun at Blake's Orchard in Armada. Tickets at $20 each and include a day-long wristband for children's funland, corn maze, mini pumpkin for children, cider and donuts, hayrides into the orchards, 876 swag and so much more! Download a flyer here to R.S.V.P. your space(s) at this nighttime event just for 876 members!
25 Year Member Celebrations!
Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Motor City Casino
Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Soaring Eagle
Members with 25 years of UFCW 876 union membership, effective December 31, 2018, are encouraged to complete the invitation and R.S.V.P. mailed to them in September.
2019 Member Advantage Series
We have planned new, discounted adventures for you!
More Member Perks
Union Scholarship Awards Plus NEW! Student Debt Relief Awards
We have our winners!
And the Academic Scholarship winners are:
Eric Sargeant, mom Corin, Kroger 449;
Lydia Kain, Kroger 754;
Nicholle Chezick, Kroger 366;
Thomas O'Meara, Kroger 442 and
Madeline Oles, mom Jennifer, Kroger 674.
The Textbook Scholarship winners are:
Tom Lucaj, Kroger 449;
Karah Tanski, dad Ronald, Hollywood 1;
Jennifer Barber, mom Connie, Kroger 724; David Keister, Kroger 864 and
Jessica Jones, mom Carrie, Kroger 650.
The Student Debt Relief winners are:
Stephanie Baranski, mom Ruby, Kroger 449; Kaitlyn Gorton, Kroger 688;
Jessica Latham, Kroger 526,
Latrice Browning, mom Antoinette, Kroger 632 and Christopher Harness, dad Steve, Kroger 754.
Congratulations everyone! Letters with further directives were emailed to the winners.
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, 2019 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
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 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, and November 20 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
2019 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. 2019 meetings are tentatively scheduled as follows:
Tuesdays: March 12 - June 11 - September 10- December 10
Get married? Move to a new place? Switch jobs? Let the union know.