US (CO): Two cannabis unionization attempts sprout after another dies in Denver

While one unionization attempt by Denver cannabis cultivation workers has died, two more have since sprouted at dispensaries within the same company. And those efforts are still alive.

In February, workers for a growing operation owned by TweedLeaf, a network of cannabis stores and production operations, voted in favor of certifying with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco, and Grain Millers Union Local 26 (BCTGM) chapter, and filed for approval with the National Labor Relations Board. If their campaign had been successful, the TweedLeaf workers would have been the first to unionize in Colorado's marijuana industry.

That attempt ended quickly, though, after the cultivation workers' NLRB application was voluntarily withdrawn the next month. But the BCTGM  group then filed two more certification applications on behalf of employees at TweedLeaf's two Denver stores, according to NLRB case files. TweedLeaf CEO John Kaweske confirms the unionization bids at two TweedLeaf locations and says a new union is now leading the charge. 

Source: Westword (T. Mitchell)


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