Region 4 – Focus on Community

UFCW Local 876 launched its Women’s Network in May 2014. Less than a year later they have already developed a robust program for women members to have a significant hand in contributing to surrounding communities and UFCW Local 876 represented work places through the benefits of collective efforts’ strength. “One of the greatest things about the Network is its focus on community” Roger Robinson, UFCW Local 876 president said. “Giving back and building community is what unions do, and this is a great extension of services UFCW Local 876 provides.”

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Penny Darling & Brenda Reid arrive ready to fill cute backpacks secured from the Kroger Co.  Great work!

As a newly launched local network, the women of UFCW Local 876 have already executed several successful programs including:

A rosie 876Rosie the Riveter” ribbon fund raiser which is a great way to introduce the network and to identify supporters.

A “Great First Day” backpack project to get school supplies to children in our communities in need.

The development of a bowling fund raising event which is a project to support HAVEN Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The creation of UFCW Local 876 Women’s Network Facebook page where members can find not only great photos, but important notices, meeting minutes, expectations, successes and national news regarding women’s rights.

Students from Washington-Parks Elementary School, Redford Township

As a result of the work of the UFCW Local 876 Women’s Network, several women leaders have emerged.  Penny Darling was hired to be a Legislative and Political “loss-timer” to assist and educate union members during the general election in November. Michelle Nickson, a UFCW Local 876 membership representative, utilized the Rosie Ribbons to develop sisterhood solidarity during a recent organizing campaign at a nursing home in Sterling Heights, which resulted in a voice at work for over 90 women!