Have a Heart, a popular dispensary chain in Washington State has just become the first business in the cannabis industry to unionize, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.
This is a huge step for people working in the industry in the state. It could be a sign that more will follow. Have a Heart, which has locations in several states, including all over Washington state, signed a collective bargaining agreement with UCFW21, the largest private sector union in the state of Washington. According to their site, UCFW 21 has “over 46 thousand members working in grocery store retail healthcare and other industry jobs.”
A press release states per the agreement that all 134 employees of Have a Heart will be entitled to “above-average compensation for the industry, comprehensive health and welfare coverage and other benefits, including trainings, mentoring programs and staff-development opportunities.”
Union president Todd Crosby said in a statement:
This relationship is quite unusual, in a very positive sense. It’s rare for an employer and their employees to reach a first contract so quickly and one that is so promising for current and future employees. These partnerships strengthen individuals, families and communities – and lead to superior service for customers.
As cannabis sales become legal in more areas of the country, will we see more dispensary chains and other cannabusinesses begin to unionize? It seems highly likely. Considering the risk that some employees have to face working in the industry, it’s about time.
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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