All workers deserve respect and dignity.
The Omies Need Your Support & Signature
The retail cannabis community of Ann Arbor is currently under siege by the self-serving interests of a large corporation called 4Front/Mission. The Omies are seeking community support by asking you to: 1) watch the video and 2)sign this petition: http://bit.ly/omiesolidarity! Thank you in advance.
Preserve our neighborhoods, preserve our community, preserve our people!
Advocacy in Cannabis
October 12, 2020
Reprisal Met With Determination
October 8, 2020
Om of Medicine in Ann Arbor call to union #ufcw876 for a better life despite corporate #Reprisal. Om of Medicine Omies Ann Arbor Detroit Metro Times Read more here: http://bit.ly/OmiesCallForUnion
Bay City Medstar Vote Scheduled
October 1, 2020
Bay City Medstar paramedics, EMS and EMT's are encouraged to check yes for 876 during their mail-in ballot election for union representation with #UFCW876. Ballots will be mailed to Bay City Medstar workers on October 6, 2020 and must be mailed back well before November 6, 2020.
Stand in Solidarity
September 24, 2020
A medical cannabis dispensary, OM of Medicine Ann Arbor, were excited to present their boss with a letter of intention to join UFCW 876. In turn, the was closed for the remainder of the day. Immediately following, workers took to the streets. Watch their efforts on Instagram at #MIcannabisworkersrising.
Let the People Vote at Medstar Bay City!
September 22, 2020
All workers have the right to choose! Both their union and their contract.
Paramedics, EMTs and EMS professionals working at Medstar Ambulance in Bay City have the opportunity to choose the protections of the UFCW 876 Medstar Ambulance contract in lieu of their current agreement that has not served or recognized their hard work and dedication.
Local 876 says: #LetThePeopleVote says they do not have the right and should succumb to successorship. Tell them no.
Medstar Ambulance Bay City, MI
September 19, 2020
New Standard Celebrates Recognition Filing
August 22, 2020
The workers of New Standard in Hazel Park joined together to celebrate their solidarity in filing for recognition to make UFCW 876 their union and being the first dispensary to do so in Michigan.
"I contacted the UFCW at the very end of June, and with the hard work of my now union sister, Kelly, and our incredible staff, we joined together to unionize with the UFCW - Hemp and Cannabis Division!! Today we made history in the state of Michigan by being the first cannabis establishment to vote, overwhelmingly, for true and positive change, and filing with the Labor board to solidify our drive for the life and work environment we deserve. We can't wait to work with New Standard to define the guise we operate under in a way that is empowering and inclusive to all! Let's do this!!" - New Standard worker Stacey Watrobski.
"Officially a part of a union ❤️❤️❤️ Employees deserve better rights in this country, and we will not stop!! let’s hope this inspires the progressive change that we need for all! First cannabis union in Michigan!" - New Standard worker Nikoleta Vatiqu.
New Standard Files for Recognition
August 18, 2020
The workers of New Standard, a medical and recreational cannabis store in Hazel Park, Michigan filed for union recognition today, seeking respect and dignity on the job. 😃 👍🏼 Read the letter to New Standard owners here.
Ready to Grow With Us?
August 14, 2020
Medical and recreational cannabis dispensaries in Michigan are growing, making today the perfect opportunity to establish a job industry that pays its workers what they deserve and treats everyone with respect and dignity. Interested in learning more? Reach out! 1-248-585-9671 extension #8601.
On Organizing a Union at Work
Organizing a union at your workplace is the one thing you can do to bring predictability, fairness and accountability to your job. Workers all over southeast Michigan are already enjoying UFCW 876 protections by securing better wages, better benefits and a better life with a union contract.
Video: Meet Lucy.
Lucy finds her job riddled with issues that really get her down. Favoritism, unpredictable scheduling, no wage increases, push back from management when asking to take time off work for appointments and even emergencies. She got fed up then stepped up to organize a union. Now Lucy is protected by a union contract!
What We Do
With so much that needs to change to support Michigan's workforce, we approach our goals from many different angles.
YOU Have the Power to Change Your Workplace.
The UFCW 876 Organizing team is committed to helping workers acquire the tools they need to gain a real voice at work. As organizers, we focus on training the worker in developing relationships and building power, so that they can unite with their coworkers to win in the workplace.
Fighting for Common Sense Solutions
A Decent Job is Not a Pie-in-the-Sky Ask
Today, more than ever, workers are faced with harsh political agendas, company takeaways, and corporate greed that prevents workers from getting the basic compensation they need to get by. Our organizing team is working to push back against this anti-worker agenda by advocating for solutions to the issues that affect working people every day. Please visit our issues page to learn more about what we are fighting for.
Providing Resources to Working People
We're Here to Help You Win.
From preparing for your first interview to planning for retirement and everything in between, navigating the complex world of modern day American corporations is difficult. We support working people with a wide range of resources (online and in person) to help workers build a path towards a good job, career security, financial stability, and professional advancement.
We are Always Stronger Together.
We are stronger as a group than we are as individuals. Community-based organizations, unions, faith-based institutions, elected officials, and individual supporters work together with the 876 Organizing team to advocate for better employment opportunities and hold employers accountable for unjust treatment of workers. We are always looking to build our network of allies, so please contact us if you’re interested in standing with us to support working people in Michigan.
Strengthening Professional Networks
Connecting Workers Across the State.
Having positive professional relationships with individuals in your industry is an important aspect of your job. We bring workers together from across Michigan and is help to bridge the gap between people who do the same job for different companies. We sponsor social events and hold regular meetings where people have an opportunity to share and learn from those who have similar work and experiences.
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