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US (CT): Cannabis workers celebrate state’s first-ever union contract

Connecticut cannabis workers are celebrating after voting to ratify the state’s first-ever cannabis union contract, as workers hail the agreement as proof of the industry’s sustainability.

Workers at Advanced Grow Labs in West Haven voted unanimously to ratify their union contract for a three-year agreement that includes guaranteed wage increases of up to 25% over three years, increased holiday pay, secured retirement and health insurance, increased safety measures, and on the job protection, according to a press release from the company.

“It feels good to be represented and to have a contract that will secure our jobs,” said AGL Laboratory Technician Amber Sampiere. “This is a new and developing industry, and we are at the forefront of creating a better future for cannabis workers.” Back in March, workers came together to form their union with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 919, becoming the first in the state to unionize.

“The workers at Advanced Grow Labs made history by negotiating and ratifying the very first cannabis contract in Connecticut,” said Director of Organizing Emily Sabo. “We know their hard work will inspire more workers to form their unions and pave the way for a better Connecticut cannabis industry.”

Read more at courant.com

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