President Whille would like to congratulate Veronica Cerro who is a recipient of this year’s Region One Women’s Network Child Care Grant. Veronica, who has been a Local 1262 member for six years, works in the Kingsland Plaza Stop & Shop in Clifton.

“I am very grateful for this grant which will help offset childcare costs for my son,” said Veronica.  “I urge everyone who is eligible to apply.  The application is only one page and very simple to complete.”

The Child Care grants are awarded annually to UFCW Region One members who demonstrate financial need.  Click below for this year’s application.

WN Childcare Grant App for 2020

Spanish UFCW Childcare Grant 2020

You can also obtain a copy of the grant application from your Union Representative or by calling Valerie at Local 1262’s Headquarters.  If you are calling from New Jersey please dial 1-800-562-6913.  Calling from other states please dial 1-800-526-7814.  The deadline for applications is October 31, 2020.

Local 1262 Now Accepting Applications for Scholarships

President Whille is pleased to announce that Local 1262 is now accepting applications for our Annual Scholarship Program.

Our Scholarship Program is open to Local 1262 members or the children of Local 1262 members who are a senior in high school or a freshman, sophomore or junior in college.  You can obtain a Short-Form Application on our web site by clicking on the link below.

2020 Short Form Application

Or you can request a Short-Form application by calling Gladyz Feimster at 973-777-3700, extension 1933.  Once the short-form application has been reviewed for eligibility, a long-form application will be mailed to you.

The deadline for all materials for this year’s Scholarship Program is Friday, April 17, 2020.


The 2020 application for the Union Plus Scholarship is now available for UFCW members and their family members. Union Plus Scholarships are awarded to students attending a two-year or four-year college, graduate school, or a recognized technical or trade school and are offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation. Awards are based on outstanding academic achievement, personal character, financial need, and commitment to the values of organized labor.

Additionally, applicants who are in the foster care system or who have a connection to the foster care system through employment, volunteer work or career goals, can apply for “Isaiah’s Award,” which was created to honor the life of Isaiah C., a beloved child who was fostered and adopted by a current, long-time employee of Union Plus.

The deadline for 2020 Union Plus Scholarship Program applications is January 31, 2020. You can learn more about the Union Plus Scholarship Program here.

Membership Assistance Program Offers Tips for Medicare Open Enrollment

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period – as well as the Open Enrollment Period for coverage on the individual health market – is currently underway and will close on December 7, 2019.

To assist our members and their families in making the right Medicare choice, Local 1262 has partnered with RightOpt, a free personalized service that helps navigate the complex Medicare marketplace.

In New Jersey alone, for example, there are 28 Medicare Part D Drug Coverage plans and 59 Medicare Advantage Plans from which to choose.

RightOpt helps members review and make a side-by-side comparison of these plans based on your unique needs such as the doctors you visit, the prescriptions you take and other factors to help you choose the Medicare plan that best meets your needs based on TOTAL health costs not just monthly premiums.

You can visit RightOpt online at RightOpt.

Or call 1-888-565-6675.

Members and their families can also receive assistance with their Medicare choices through SHIP (State Health Insurance Program) at

For more information on the Medicare Open Enrollment Period, developed by Local 1262’s Member Assistance Program, click below.

Medicare Open Enrollment 2019

Members and their families without insurance – and who are not eligible for Medicare – can visit for help in selecting a plan that is right for them and their family.



Call your Union Representative

Calling from New Jersey please dial 1-800-562-6913

Calling from other states please dial 1-800-526-7814      

Note:  This hotline is updated weekly and as needed for breaking news. 

This hotline can also be accessed by calling 1-888-GET-1262.