Local 881 Works for You!

As a member of Local 881 UFCW, you are a vital part of a great organization whose mission is to protect your rights on the job, negotiate the best contracts, and to provide the highest level of professional service!

Your Local 881 Union Representative is assigned to service many work locations. Union Representatives have a wide range of responsibilities, including: meeting with members to answer questions, investigating contract violations, filing grievances, and enforcing your contract.

Office day for the field staff is scheduled on Wednesdays, but you may leave a voicemail at any time for your Union Representative and they will return your call. Call the Local 881 Office.

At the Des Plaines office, the In-House Union Representative is available every weekday during normal business hours to answer any of your questions.


Welcome New Members

To help you understand the many rights, services, and benefits available to you as a member of Local 881, you are invited to attend a New Member Orientation meeting. 

We will provide you with valuable information about your contract, benefits, and outline the many ways in which your Union works for you! At the meeting, you will have the opportunity to meet your Union Officers and Union Representatives, ask questions, and learn all about membership in Local 881 UFCW.

By attending a New Member meeting, you will be eligible for a $50.00 refund of your initiation fee (by mail) once it is paid in full. (Please note, there is a one-year period in which you are eligible to attend a meeting to earn the rebate, so do not delay.)

Meetings are held regularly in a wide range of locations. All new member meetings start promptly at 6:00 p.m. Look at the meeting calendar to find a location that is most convenient for you. 

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Union Stewards

Many Local 881 work locations have members that choose to take a more active role in the Union as STEWARDS in their workplaces. 

Stewards step up, either by election or appointment, and are the backbone of an effective Union. They reach out to new Local 881 members and help educate them on their rights and the benefits of Union membership. 

Stewards listen to co-workers and provide a confidential way for members to bring forward their ideas and concerns. Most importantly, it is a steward’s job to inspire, lead, and build a sense of unity and solidarity among their Union coworkers. 

Look on your Union Bulletin Board to find out who your Steward is. If you are intersted in learning more about this role, contact your Union Representative.

881 Cannabis

Cannabis workers across the state are joining with Local 881 UFCW for meaningful change to the Cannabis industry in Illinois. 

Local 881 currently represents 200 cannabis members in our Union. Local 881 UFCW is the ONLY Union with active negotiated Cannabis dispensary and cultivation contracts in Illinois. 

For nearly a decade, Local 881 UFCW has been a powerful advocate for Illinois Cannabis workers. Local 881 has lobbied for both Medical and Recreational Use legislation to be created with worker protections included. 

Local 881 has been successful in negotiating wage increases, more paid leave, increased employee product discount, a robust grievance procedure, and stronger protection language for Cannabis workers.

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