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Local 881 is an autonomous Local Union chartered by the UFCW International that represents 34,000 members who work throughout Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Our members are primarily employed in the retail food and drug industry, as well as a variety of other retail segments. In addition, Local 881 has a professional division comprised of barbers, nursing home and health care employees, cosmeticians, and workers in other service areas. The diversity of our membership includes such occupations as optical technicians; clothing, furniture, bakery, and auto parts store clerks; nurses; and much more.

Local 881 is headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois (near Chicago), with additional offices located in Springfield (Central IL), Edwardsville (Southern IL), and Marion (Southern IL). The larger chains under contract with Local 881 include: Conagra Brands, CVS Pharmacy, Dierbergs, Jewel Food Stores, Kroger, Mariano's, Osco Drug, Schnucks, and Strack and Van Til.