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US (MA): Berkshire Roots employees are negotiating their first contract as a unionized workforce

Just down the road from the center of Pittsfield's industrial past, a nascent labor effort is underway. 

About 25 Berkshire Roots growers and trimmers are in the process of negotiating their first-ever contract with the Pittsfield-based cannabis company. 

During the early months of the pandemic in 2020, the workers chose to join the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Approaching three years later, the company and the union have not yet settled on contract language.   

"We have made some progress, but the company is doing their best to drag things out," said Drew Weisse, a local organizer for UFCW 1459. Berkshire Roots "caused a lot of people who support the union to either quit or make them feel like the company was just going keep strong-arming them."  


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