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The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) is by far the most dominant union involved in the cannabis industry.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy even appointed a UFCW official to the state’s new Cannabis Regulatory Commission, underscoring the union’s role in the state’s soon-to-launch adult-use marijuana program.
The UFCW started a formal effort in 2013 called Cannabis Workers Rising to organize employees in the marijuana and hemp industries, which offer greater growth opportunities versus mainstream businesses such as grocery chains and retailers.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union scored another victory in the legal marijuana market when workers at a San Francisco retail store voted in favor of a UFCW-negotiated contract.
According to a news release, workers at Stiiizy-Mission, located in the heart of San Francisco and operated by the Shryne Group, voted unanimously in favor of a contract that includes “salary increases that average $3/hr over the life of the contract, a pathway to full-time work, employer provided health insurance, and an employer sponsored retirement savings account.”
Employees at a cannabis cultivation operation in Massachusetts voted on Tuesday to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the latest victory for organized labor in the cannabis industry.
According to a news release from the UFCW, workers at Cultivate Holdings in Leicester voted by an “overwhelming majority” to join the labor union’s Local 1445, making the organization the official bargaining agent for employees at the facility.