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$2 Hero Pay Secured
March 31, 2020 -
Together, we did it! Your support and perseverance has paid off and Kroger members are now going to receive:
Please take note of the windows for each; and that the Hero Pay is not retroactive as the bonus serves.
Gloves and masks will now be provided by the company as soon as practicable; as well as pharmacy tech scrubs will now be permissible.
We ARE #StrongerTogether
Thank you for your continued support and trust!
UFCW 876 President
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
Profits & Pizza -
How The Kroger Company Continues to Ignore You!
876 Members deserve more! A pizza party only minimizes the sacrifices Kroger members have made and continue to make as profits soar. Our focus remains the fight for $2 HeroPay.
The Fight for $2
876 Kroger Members, I continue to fight for the $2 per hour Hazard Pay you deserve. I have spent this weekend on the phone with the company as well as several others, advocating for all 876 Members.
It is time for the company to do the right thing, after all, you are everyday. You deserve to be paid for the sacrifices made on the front line, making sure your communities have supplies, medicines and food. I refuse to have your worth minimized. You have stepped up and now it is time for the company to do the same.
Did you know that Albertsons, Safeway, Target, Meijer, Whole Foods, Amazon, H-E-B, Vons, Pavilions, Weis, Wegman's, Shaw's, Star Market and Jewel Osco have stepped up to provide $2 Hazard Pay?
I'd like to kick off a call to action. Please share this graphic with your community, family and friends. Ask them to post it as well. Also, upload the new Facebook frame available by tapping your profile picture. It is titled "Kroger - Do the Right Thing!" Hashtag these with #Kroger #ufcw876 #ufcw #876Strong Together we can do this!
WE are #strongertogether President Dan Pedersen
The Push for Hazard Pay and Extended Personal Protections
To all Kroger union members,
discussion continues this morning with the company as 876 stands firm on the push for $2 per person, per hour hazard pay and extending health and safety precautions. Your support is key. Join me. - President Pedersen. Download the letter here.
Gloves & Masks = Secured!
Today, we find ourselves in unchartered territory as we begin to navigate a course to minimize the Coronavirus and its potential, far-reaching impact on our daily lives. 876 has been in constant contact with health care professionals, industry experts and colleagues in developing a plan of action and protection; in an effort to preserve both the physical and economic health of its members.
President Pedersen recognizes the extreme dedication and work ethic showcased by the members of 876. We too, remain committed to servicing you during this difficult time; as our membership representatives will conduct business as usual. #ufcw876 #876Stewards #ufcw
Advocating For You
The union has reached out to The Kroger Company regarding the Coronavirus; and secured a temporary agreement of exemption from the attendance policy if:
Members experiencing flu-like
symptoms (headache, fever, dizziness, sore throat, cough, runny nose, difficulty breathing) do the following:
1) Go see your family doctor;
2) Get a note from your doctor outlining restrictions;
3) Call and then send the note to your store manager via fax or email;
4) Stay home.
*It is up to you whether or not to use your earned paid time off during an illness.
Call your Membership Representative
#ufcw876 #876Stewards #876KrogerMembers
Active Ballot Club - It's a #WinWin
Member contributions build the ABC program. It amplifies the voices of all 876 members by reaching the organizations and decision-makers in your communities to facilitate changes in your townships, your counties and your state.
Not only does your ABC contribution support local, grassroots action, you could win one of multiple, monthly drawings and/or the $500 Grand Prize on May 15, 2020! Join now at: bit.ly/Local876ABC.
2020 Academic, Textbook Scholarships & Student Debt Relief Awards
876 members in good standing (any age) and/or their dependents are encouraged to apply for one of 15 awards: five $2,000 academic scholarships; five $500 textbook scholarships and five $1,000 student debt relief awards.
Deadline to submit is Thursday, April 30, 2020 by 4:30 p.m.
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.
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. Events are postponed until further notice.
Member Advantage Series 2020
Postponed until further notice.
Let 876 help put the pieces together!
2020 Pension Open Houses
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
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 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 are encouraged to attend a free pension assistance open house via a live webinar. Details will be posted here.
March 18 - Live webinar.
April 15 - Live webinar.
May 20 - pending Webinar.
June 17 - pending webinar.
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 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 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.