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US (CO): Green Dragon cannabis workers successfully unionize, citing poor pay and safety issues

Green Dragon grow-house workers have unionized.

Employees of the cannabis grow house, and dispensary chain had voted on Thursday, Jimena Petersen, an organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, confirmed. “We had the ballot today, and we got 14 yeses and 11 nos,” she said. “So we won the election.”

Workers said they’re making demands for better treatment from the company, which has stores in both Colorado and Florida. Green Dragon has waged a fierce anti-union campaign, including laying off some staff members for organizing, workers said.

Why did they unionize?
Workers told Denverite in April that they were organizing after suffering poor treatment, low wages, and inadequate ventilation. Organizers said the bosses refused to give them the personal protective equipment they needed to stay safe and described a warehouse with algae growing on the floor and insects and mold on the plants.

“I can’t breathe,” grow-house worker Jared Handran said. “All day, I have to wear a dust mask. And even with a dust mask, I go home and hack up mucus. It’s horrible. Like, some days, I can’t even breathe when I come home.”


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