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  • "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.

  • The Issues

    Real, every-day problems that affect Michigan workers. 

    Wages

    Management will always work to keep wages as low as possible, but they would not have a company if they didn't have workers. By standing together, workers can have a voice in negotiating a fair and living wage.

    Benefits

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

    Working Conditions

    From scheduling practices and workplace safety to the bosses' respect for employees, working conditions are not something that should 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.

  • Who We Are

    We are the organizing team of UFCW 876, our local United Food and Commercial Workers Union. We believe in the power of people to change their situations when they stand together, and we believe there is significant change to be had so that Michigan workers can have the good jobs that they deserve.

     

    We are a coalition of Michigan workers dedicated to improving workplace opportunities and standards for people across the state. Together with local community allies, Organize Michigan is 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 that we all deserve.

    What We Have to Say   -

     

    "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 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

     

     

    "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

  • 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. 

    Organize Michigan is committed to helping workers acquire the tools they need to gain a real voice at work. Organize Michigan members are learning how to organize their workplace through a series of worker-led workshops that focus on developing relationships and building power. Contact us to learn more about these workshops and the team that’s developing the content.

    Fighting for common sense solutions

    We're not asking for rocket ships, people. 

    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. Organize Michigan 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. Organize Michigan is supporting 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 Organize Michigan 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. Organize Michigan is bringing workers together from across Michigan and is helping 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

  • Contact Us!

    Phone: 1-888-485-9671

    Email: OrganizeMichigan@ufcw876.org

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