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FREE Pension Open House is Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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 join the Pension Open House Zoom here. Download the Webinar flyer here.
MIUFCW Open Enrollment: November 18 - December 11, 2020
Eligible participants of the "Fund" will be receiving a bright, yellow open enrollment packet in the mail informing them of their enrollment status and what steps if any, need to be taken to help secure 2021 benefits.
Eligible members will be automatically re-enrolled for 2021 benefits if they meet the following criteria:
1. The member is currently enrolled for 2020 benefits; AND
2. The member and their enrolled spouse both complete a biometric screening by 10/31/2020; AND
3. Their employer confirms they are eligible for 2021 benefits.
If the member meets the above criteria, they will be auto re-enrolled for the same election choice they had in 2020, provided their employer confirms eligibility and they satisfy the hours necessary for the election.
Eligible members will need to submit a 2021 enrollment form during the 2021 Open Enrollment period if:
· They are newly eligible for benefits or were eligible but never enrolled before.
· Would like to make a change to their 2021 election, such as add or remove dependents.
· Would like to op-out of benefits for 2021.
· Need to update their information, i.e. secondary insurance.
Call the Plan Administrative Office at 248-585-9610 or e-mail:
Regrettably, We Have Concluded our 2020 Membership Advantage Calendar
We are sorry to say state executive orders and mandates have put the stop on the remainder of the Membership Advantage Event calendar. The venues for both The 25 Year Member Celebrations and Crossroads Village / Huckleberry Railroad have sent notice of these cancellations.
President Pedersen is currently planning a June or July 2021 date for The 25 Year Celebrations and looks forward to the full return to our regular events! #UFCW876 #ufcw #1u #876Stewards #876Strong
Michigan State Tax Withholding for National Pension Fund Checks
Participants of the National Pension Fund were sent notice in May 2020 alerting them Michigan Personal Income Taxes would be withheld from monthly payments of pension and annuity payments, unless they elected otherwise by completing a withholding certificate, used to exempt participants.
UFCW Region 4 Presidents Advocate Collectively
#UFCW876 is continuing to fight for more pay and resources for you. In a new letter to Kroger's CEO, UFCW presidents from Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.
"Our members deserve hazard pay as long as the health and safety hazards of COVID-19 remain....Hazard pay is not a handout. It’s an investment in the hard-working men and women driving Kroger’s unprecedented success." #ufcw #1u #876Strong
Pension Protection Program Vote Continues National Progress
Dear National Pension Fund Participant,
As you know, the Pension Protection Program week-long vote concluded for eligible UFCW 876 participants on August 22, 2020. And as previously reported, resulted in an overwhelming approval (96%) which would significantly minimize loss impact; protect current and future benefits; as well as protect new and future fund participants.
Currently, this National Pension Fund vote continues to be conducted across the country with a deadline to report results no later than October 1, 2020. Soon after this date, I will communicate the national results and its impact for UFCW 876.
I want to thank everyone who came out to vote and also recognize the Stewards who continue to voluntarily educate and advocate on behalf of the membership.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please continue to lean on your union Steward, membership representatives, the 876 Pension Specialist Aaron Cary or myself.
We are stronger together,
UFCW 876 President
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.
Visit the Fund for more information or call 1-248-585-9610 with questions.
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.
2020 UFCW 876 Scholarship & Award Winners
Congratulations to all the Academic and Textbook Scholarship and Student Debt Relief Award winners! Each year, UFCW 876 offers scholarship opportunities to 876 families to help ease the cost of a higher education. With $17,500 in awards available and a three-step application process, members and their dependents find the process quick and easy. Applications become available in January, are due by April, and are awarded in June.
A Message of Support, Advocacy & Appreciation
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*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. 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.”
Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village
Join us Friday, October 9, 2020
#UFCW876 Membership Advantage series is again offering an enchanting and nostalgic evening for "Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village" on Friday, October 9, 2020. Your discounted $20 tickets includes: admission, $10 fun money and 876 family pack.
To reserve your spot:
1. Download this form, complete and;
2. Call your membership representative for pick up;
3. Soon after, your representative will deliver everything you need to have a safe and spooky adventure!
Halloween Haunt at the Union Hall
Join us Friday, October 16, 2020
In lieu of the Zoo Boo event (which was cancelled by the zoo due to COVID) we will be hosting a FREE Halloween Haunt, fun for both adults and children on Friday, October 16, 2020 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the union hall.You can register both online at: bit.ly/876Haunt or download details and RSVP form below.
More Member Perks & Programs
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.
October 21 - Live webinar.
November 18 - Live webinar.
No workshop for December
Active Ballot Club
UFCW 876 knows worker-friendly legislation is derived from candidates who support, advocate and push for laws that set meaningful, worker protection policy in both our nation and state. Without these leaders and actions, workers are vulnerable to the interests and budgets of their employers. That is why UFCW 876 has the Active Ballot Club, or A.B.C. Read more 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.
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. Learn more here. This program is currently wait-listed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
We've got a top notch team!
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. See representative listing below.
1-800-321-6406 extension #8618
CVS Pharmacy 8267, Rite Aid 2509, 2731, 3356, 3452, 3667, 4266, 4270, 4310, 4309, 4310, 4317, 4319, 4322, 4332, 4334, 4335, 4338, 4340, 4355, 4358, 4362, 4366, 4368, 4377, 4402, 4409, 4438, 4440, 4442, 4445, 4466, 4485, 4498, 4504, 4512, 4519, 4526, 4537, 4545, 4559, 4588, 4595, 4694, 4697, 4703, 4761, 4806, 4897 & 4943.
Adhesive Systems, Alexander & Hornung, Amcane Sugar, Antolin, Beacon Park, Bonnie Maid, Cattleman's, Darling, Dearborn Sausage, Diversified Chemical, Diversitak, Operating Engineers Local 324 and Clerical, Provincial House, Restaurant Depot, Sheet Metal Workers Local 80, Sheet Metal Workers Local 292, Smith Meat Packing, Society St. Vincent DePaul, Turri's Italian Foods, Winter Sausage, Wolverine Packing.
1-800-321-6406 extension #8626
Pat's Food Center, Rite Aid 1487, 1551, 1552, 1573, 1575, 1663, 1729, 1740, 1801, 2504, 2606, 3320, 3510, 3568, 3588, 4431, 4503, 4564 & 4586.
Get married? Move to a new place? Switch jobs? Let the union know.