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

What kind of organization is this?

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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Additional Disaster Relief Funds Available
Updated 08/31/16 12:36PM
Additional disaster relief funds have been secured for members of UFCW Local 496 that were affected by the flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas.

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.


Baton Rouge barber apprentice classes to start on Monday August 29, 2016
Updated 08/19/16 3:49PM
Due to the recent flooding in the Baton Rouge area, the barber apprentice classes have been rescheduled to begin on Monday, August 29, 2016.

Apprenticeship Classes to Resume on August 22nd and August 23rd (Lafayette class), 2016
Updated 08/19/16 3:42PM
The Fall 2016 semester class and test schedules have been posted. To print your copy go to Apprenticeship/ Class Schedule - Fall 2016. Please note that there is a separate schedule for the Lafayette class as these are scheduled for Tuesday nights only.

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

Benefit Spotlight
Updated 10/28/14 4:00PM
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.

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

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