US: Missouri cannabis workers begin unionization campaigns

Some workers in Missouri’s growing medical cannabis industry want a seat at the bargaining table this Thanksgiving. The spokesman for Local 655 of the United Food and Commercial Workers said that there were multiple campaigns underway among Missouri cannabis workers.

“We have heard from workers in the legal cannabis industry who were interested in joining a union, and we do have a few active campaigns going,” said Collin Reischman, Local 655 spokesman. He did say it was too early to share where the campaigns are taking place and said a formal petition for a union election had not been filed.

“Some of these campaigns are relatively new and I’m not sure that management is aware that we’ve even spoken to these folks,” he said. “As far as I’m aware, there hasn’t been any notable anti-union pushback yet.”

The UFCW, on its website, said it represents tens of thousands of workers across the industry — workers in labs, grow facilities, dispensaries, and elsewhere — “helping workers secure better wages, protection from unfair discipline, and great benefits with a union contract.”

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