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President Pedersen's Letter to Rite Aid Senior Manager of Labor Relations Gordon Hinkle:
Today, President Pedersen stressed the importance of corporate responsibility during a pandemic, including safety protocols and taking the necessary steps to compensate those who fuel Rite Aid's record sales in a letter. Read the Gordon Hinkle letter here. ✊🏼 #ufcw876 #ufcw #876Strong #StrongerTogether
COVID-19 Heroes Fund Proposal
President Pedersen supports U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) COVID-19 Heroes Fund proposal that would provide pandemic premium pay to reward and retain essential frontline workers; which now specifically includes grocery workers. The proposal has wide-ranging support from groups across Michigan and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has called on Congress to pass it. Read the letter here.
Polly's Update: Hero and Overtime Pay Extended
#876Members working at Polly's Country Market will get an extension to their Hero Pay through May 30, 2020. #WTG Polly's Country Market members in keeping the momentum going. #ThankYou Polly's Country Market Polly's Country Market #yourwiniseveryoneswin #ufcw876 #876Strong #1u #876Heroes #WeGotThis876 #StayStrong 💪🏽
You've Earned It Kroger Members
Hero Pay for Riverside Market Extended - Again
#876Members working at Riverside Market in Durand and Montrose, Michigan will get an extension to their Hero Pay through May 30, 2020. #WTG Riverside members in getting the momentum going. #ThankYou #RiversideMarket #yourwiniseveryoneswin #ufcw876 #876Strong #1u #876Heroes #WeGotThis876 #StayStrong 💪🏽
Steward Nation 2020
As you can imagine, COVID-19 has had an impact our Annual Steward Conferences. The June dates have been tentatively pushed into July. And may be pushed again. Although we are not sure what this conference will look like in the end; we are sure looking forward gathering again! #876Steward #StewardNation
876 Kroger Members Recognized In a Hard-Won Battle
Collectively, we have made significant progress with The Kroger Company in securing multiple extensions, this one in particular, the most hard-won. It may not be exactly what we had hoped, but it is a #win; and an opportunity to reopen discussions when and if the COVID crisis accelerates. Nationwide, 876 and you, the membership, has risen above and beyond; and has been recognized as a forerunner in stepping up and speaking up. #ThankYou876 #WeAreInThisTogether #ufcw876 #ufcw #StongerTogether #1u #876Strong ✊🏼
The Kroger Company Believes You Want More Health and Safety Protections - Not Hero Pay. We Say No Way.
The Kroger Company believes it took aggressive and timely action in protecting you during this pandemic - that is disingenuous at best. Kroger also believes you are better served, and would even prefer, the company maximize health and safety precautions in lieu of Hero Pay.
It is morally and socially irresponsible for The Kroger Company to decide to choose to budget for only what is required by law. This proves the bottom line is more important than you. It sends a strong message to not only you but our communities. Especially in light of record sales!
You deserve more. Way more. I am calling on the company to extend the $2.00/hour wage increase indefinitely until the end of this crisis. Read my letter in the comments below, sent this afternoon to the company.
Oleson's Food Extends Hero Pay
876 Members working Oleson's Food Stores in Petoskey, Charlevoix and two locations in Traverse City have had their $2 Hero Pay extended, with no end date, as there is no end date to this pandemic. Thank You Oleson's Food Stores for doing the right thing. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼💯 💪🏽
The Kroger Company Believes a "Return to Normal" is Near
The Kroger Company has stated they are "beginning to see a return to normal" and due to this, will not be extending Hero Pay beyond May 16, 2020.
876 believes this premise is flawed. A return to normal is not - and will not - be normal for those whose job has morphed into a public-facing, essential worker who faces the threat of COVID-19 everyday.
876 intends to advocate for you, your coworkers and your families. Please read my letter to the company here.
We are Stronger Together,
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876 Rise Up
To all of you, who continue to rise up to meet the challenges of your day - we see you. In serving your communities, supporting your coworkers, advocating for each other - we see you. Thank you 876, thank you for being the essential part of UFCW 876.Please watch this video recognizing you. View this video at: 876RiseUP
Gloves & Masks = Secured!
The Unsung Heros of 876
A giant and very sincere thank you goes out to every 876 member who has shown up, stepped up and worked their shift plus more, despite these unprecedented times. It is exactly people like you who make communities stronger, better and protected. So thank you 876. You are #876Strong and remain the unsung heros of every neighborhood in which you live.
*You must be a member in good standing of UFCW Local 876 to attend member events and to participate in member programs.
Awe Snap! Member Events Have Been Postponed
We've had to put the fun on hold for now due to the pandemic. Currently, we are pushing events back into the year; but remain uncertain when those dates will be. So please, stay in loop and check back often to see updates. We can't wait to see you.
Member Advantage Series 2020
Postponed until further notice
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.”
More Member Perks
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.
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.
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 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. 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.