In addition to the protections offered by having a union contract, UFCW membership also comes with access to a wide range of other ways to save money and plan for your future:
- Discounts and Benefits – Save money on travel, car insurance, hotels, activities, mortgages, and other things with Union Plus for members and their families.
- Supplemental Life, Accident and Hospital Benefits – As workplace insurance plans continue to change, union members may seek additional coverage options to cover gaps in their existing benefits and supplement their life and health insurance. As one of the only labor owned and labor focused insurance companies, The Union Labor Life Insurance Company (Union Labor Life) understands the insurance needs of union members and their families.
UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship
Every year the UFCW Charity Foundation offers scholarships to union members or their immediate family who want to further their education and demonstrate a commitment to their communities and to UFCW values. If you would like information on how to apply and if you qualify, please visit the UFCW Charity Foundation website for more information.
Local Union Scholarships
In addition to the annual scholarships offered by the UFCW Charity Foundation, some UFCW local unions offer their own scholarships. Contact your local union office to find out if your local has a scholarship program and if you are eligible to apply.
Union Plus Scholarship Program
For the past 20 years, Union Plus has distributed over 3.4 million scholarship dollars to union members and their families. Amounts range from $500 to $4,000. Students may re-apply each year.
College Savings Grants
Also offered through Union Plus, union members are eligible for a $500 grant to members who open a new 529 college savings or a pre-paid tuition account after July 1, 2011. Your 529 account beneficiary must be 12 years old or younger at the time your open your 529 account. Once you open the 529 account, you must build savings of at least $1,000. These grants are only available while funds last.
As a member of the UFCW, you have the peace of mind of knowing your manager cannot force you into a one-on-one disciplinary meeting with them. All you have to do is request to your manager that your union representative or shop steward be present, and we can be there for you and make sure you aren’t bullied or treated unfairly.
In the Weingarten case, the Supreme Court ruled that Union-represented workers have the right to Union representation during all meetings or discussions with supervisors or managers that the member reasonably believes might lead to discipline. These meetings or discussions include discussions on the work floor, in work areas, offices and even outside the facility.
At the beginning of the meeting, the law requires the supervisor or manager to disclose all meeting topics and to give the member a chance to ask for a representative. Members can demand the presence of any on-duty steward. If none is available, the supervisor or manager must postpone the meeting until a steward is available. Companies may not punish employees for exercising their Weingarten rights.
If you work in a UFCW-represented workplace, please help encourage your fellow coworkers to exercise their Weingarten rights. This is important because they waive the right to a witness if they do not speak up and expressly request representation.
From health and safety regulations to fair schedule, UFCW members are representing the needs of working families.
Want to learn how you can support pro-worker politicians and policies? Want to help level the playing field for working families? UFCW members understand we can’t ignore politics and legislation if we’re going to play an active role in shaping the future of what work looks like. You can check out some of the ways we’re defending working men and women every day and learn how you can get involved on our website for UFCW activists, www.ufcwaction.org.
Stewardship and Service
“When people come from other countries, even in small groups they should not feel alone. We’re all Union. All brothers and sisters. We deserve better quality of life no matter where we came from.” Kevin Diale, Chief Steward, 19 years at JBS
As union members, we are all responsible for advocating respect on the job and making sure we’ve got each other’s backs, but some UFCW members choose to take a more active role as stewards of our workplaces. Union stewards step up, either by election or appointment, to make sure when we reach agreements with employers, that they hold up their half of the bargain. They make sure their coworkers know what the benefits and policies the UFCW has worked out with the company are, and they welcome new members who may never have had the opportunity to be part of a union before. They also accompany coworkers at disciplinary meetings and find resolution to workplace issues as peers with management.
It is important to know who the stewards are at your workplace so you know who to turn to if you have any questions or concerns. If you aren’t sure, you can call your local union office and they will help you find out who to talk to.
Stewards Training Materials on Member Activist Toolkit