US (MA): First Massachusetts cannabis union agreement

Sira Naturals' employees are set to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1445 (UFCW Local 1445), which will make Sira Naturals the first cannabis company in Massachusetts to unionize its work force.

Sira Naturals offered employees the opportunity to organize under the UFCW Local 1445 banner. The company’s management team worked with representatives from UFCW to ensure Sira’s employees were able to meet independently with the union. The agreement sets a new standard for relationships between company management and organized labor in the emerging regulated cannabis industry.

“Every single one of our employees is fundamental to our success,” said Sira Naturals’ founder and President, Michael Dundas. “As the largest cannabis union in the country, we believe UFCW will be a strong partner in paving the way for a new generation of union agreements that reflect the importance of a strong and independent labor force in the cannabis industry.”

“As the cannabis industry continues to grow, the UFCW is proud to support these good jobs and good businesses that empower their workers in this new part of our economy,” said Jeff Bollen, President of the UFCW Local 1445. “It is exciting to see a company’s management proactively support the right of its employees to organize the way Sira has. This is truly a case of a forward-thinking company and union coming together to build a strong foundation for tomorrow’s workforce.”

“We are excited about partnering with the UFCW and are hopeful that other Massachusetts cannabis companies will join us in recognizing the importance of an organized workforce as we build this new industry together,” added Dundas.

For more information:
Sira Naturals
(866) 420-SIRA (7472)  

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