2901 Ridgelake Dr. Suite 202 l Metairie l Louisiana l 70002
Welcome to the UFCW Local 496 Website


UFCW Local 496 is the oldest and largest Association of Barbers and Cosmetologists in Louisiana. Founded in 1903, it serves as a lobbying organization for our industry in the legislature and it has been at the forefront of education in our state for more than 100 years.

We are often asked; why should I be a member of this organization? The answer is simple. Often, we can offer a better variety of benefits at more affordable rates than you can receive outside of this union. We have spent over 20 years compiling a portfolio of benefits designed to fit the needs of our members, what we like to call "A One Stop Shop". We subscribe to the belief that our members deserve the best that we have to offer in professionalism, product suitability and ongoing customer service.

In addition to the insurance benefits and discount programs available to our members, we also sponsor the Louisiana Barber Apprenticeship Program.

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Updated 02/23/18 6:30PM
I am delighted to introduce you to Craig Pollard, a man of high ethics, character, drive and an undeniable passion for the barber profession. Mr. Pollard, a former board member of the Louisiana State Board of Barber Examiners, licensed barber instructor, and longtime member of UFCW 496, has developed a training program that many barber students/trainees may find useful.

Benefit Spotlight
Updated 02/23/18 6:30PM
As a member of UFCW Local 496 you are eligible to participate in the Sick Benefit Plan. The UFCW Professional Hair Care Division Sick Benefit Plan is designed to provide short-term income replacement for participants totally disabled due to accident or injury.

Union Plus offers help for survivors of Louisiana floods
Updated 08/31/16 12:10PM
If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been affected by the recent deadly floods that struck southeast Louisiana, you may be eligible for financial assistance1.
Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to eligible members who have a Union Plus Credit Card2, Union Plus Life or Accidental Death Insurance, Union Plus Auto Insurance, or Union Plus Mortgage.


We have Joined forces with Legal Shield…
Updated 04/24/15 4:08PM
Because you deserve powerful, affordable legal protection

UFCW Scholarship Programs
Updated 12/30/11 3:40PM
Your union is about more than your paycheck and benefits.

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