• Join The Movement

    Despite what your employer may tell you, this card does not make you a union member. Rather, it is a declaration that you want there to be an official election run by the National Labor Relations Board where you and your co-workers vote via secret ballot to decide if there will be a union. At no point in the process will your employer see this card. You do not have to tell anyone that you signed; however, the more open you are with your union activity, the more you are protected from retaliation from your employer. The right of you and your coworkers to engage in "concerted activity" (read: union activities) is protected by the National Labor Relations Act.

  • People's Food Co-op Organizes for Change

    Learn How Other Workers Have Done it Before:

  • "I have no use for those -- regardless of their political party -- who hold some vain and foolish dream of spinning the clock back to days when organized labor was huddled, almost as a hapless mass. Only a fool would try to deprive working men and women of the right to join the union of their choice."

    - Dwight D. Eisenhower

     

     

     

    "History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed levels of production.

    Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them."

    -Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • Who We Are

    We are the organizing team of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 876 (UFCW 876). We are here to help you and your coworkers get together to protect your rights and win more. A union is 'of the workers,' and we understand that. We believe in the power of people to change their situations when they stand together, and we believe there is significant change to be made so that Michigan workers can have the good jobs that they deserve.

     

    UFCW 876 is a coalition of Michigan workers dedicated to improving material wellbeing and workplace opportunities for people across the state. Together with community allies, we are achieving common sense change to improve workers' every day lives. The more we stand together, the stronger our voices will be in the workplace to gain the respect and dignity we all deserve.

    What We Have to Say   -

     

    "My coworkers and I organized because we believe in workplace democracy. We believe in the values of the cooperative movement. We see those values - democracy, sustainability, autonomy - as perfectly in line with those of the labor movement. In facet, we know the cooperative and labor movements are stronger when united. We urge all workers everywhere to do what we did. Whatever your situation, organize your power and change your circumstances for the better.

    - Phil Bianco of People's Food Co-op in Ann Arbor, MI

     

    "It is everyone's right to have a fair and just agreement with their employer. A company should never have the sole right to dictate what our working conditions should be."

    - Frank Poeschel

     

    "My contract provides affordable health care for me and my family. There is no way I could afford to pay the medical bills for my three boys. "

    - Rodney Lavender

    Quotes from workers who have experienced the support of solidarity

     

     

     

    "As a movement, all workers must continue to fight for our rights! If we do not, we will most certainly lose them. The political process really fires me up. If you don't take a stand, you'll fall for anything."

    - Marylin Kelley

     

    "It's great to know someone is there to back you up."

    - Stacey Roginski

     

    "Union representation is very important in protecting workers' rights. Many younger workers don't understand that with no contract, you have no real rights. Management can fire you at will. I did this for the next generation."

    - Penny Gibson

     

    "Bargaining is an important part of my workplace. Without this mechanism, an employer could take advantage of its workforce. We need these protections as the economy is struggling.

    - Melody Faulman

  • The Issues

    Real, every-day problems that affect Michigan workers.

    Wages

    Management will always try to keep wages as low as possible in order to increase profits on your backs. But the truth is, they would not have a company if they didn't have workers. By standing together, workers can exert their power to bargain for a fair, living wage.

    Benefits

    When you invest your time as an employee of a company, we believe they have the responsibility to invest in you by supporting you with proper benefits, such as healthcare, dental, vision, vacation time, and a 401K.

    Working Conditions

    From scheduling practices to workplace safety standards, these should not be determined by management without input from the workers.

    Job Security

    By standing together with your coworkers, you can go from being an at-will employee to being a just-cause employee with seniority rights that grow the longer you keep working. And you'll have a union to back you up if management tries to ignore your rights.

  • What We Do

    With so much that needs to change to support Michigan's workforce, we approach our goals from many different angles.

    Empowering Workers

    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.

    Building Coalitions

    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.

  • Resources

    Information, Examples, and Ideas for Changing your Workplace

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  • Contact Us!

    Phone: 1-888-485-9671

    Email: Organizing@ufcw876.org

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