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In Case You Missed This - 2.5 Million New York Union Members Earn Medical Cannabis Discount From Vireo Health

Published Friday, November 20, 2020
by Labor News Services
In Case You Missed This - 2.5 Million New York Union Members Earn Medical Cannabis Discount From Vireo Health

(NEW YORK CITY) - Vireo Health of New York and Local 338 Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)/United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) announced the State’s first Medical Marijuana Union Discount Program for more than 2.5 million Union Members and Retirees throughout New York State.

Union Members and Retirees living and working in New York will be eligible for $25 off their first purchase of medical marijuana products and a 10% discount on all future purchases at Vireo’s four dispensaries or through the company’s free home delivery service.

Union Members will also be provided with educational information about medical marijuana and be invited to participate in tailored workshops.

Vireo was the first medical marijuana company in the state to sign a Collective Bargaining Agreement with RWDSU/UFCW Local 338 and all the company’s products are produced and dispensed by Local 338 Members.

“Local 338 ‘has a proud and long history of encouraging its Members to shop Union and we are actively encouraging those members certified as medical marijuana patients to only shop at Unionized dispensaries, like those managed by Vireo,’” RWDSU/UFCW Local 228 President John Durso, who also serves as President of the Long Island AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation.

“We ‘cannot support retailers - supermarkets, pharmacies and dispensaries - that do not offer family sustaining wages and benefits to their Employees,” Durso said.

New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento said: “The New York State AFL-CIO applauds Vireo Health of New York for its commitment to creating well-paying, solid jobs and for recognizing the importance of Working Men and Women to have a voice in their workplace.  Members of Local 338 deserve the dignity and respect that goes along with a Collective Bargaining Agreement and the new partnership with Vireo to provide discounts to Union Members is yet another example of the many benefits that come with Union Membership.”

“The partnership between Vireo Health of New York and Local 338 RWDSU will make access to medical cannabis more affordable for Union Members, enabling eligible Workers and their families to enjoy a greater quality of life,” New York City Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez said. “The Central Labor Council is pleased to support Vireo Health along with all employers who provide good Union jobs with fair wages and meaningful benefits to New York Workers.”

Local 338 represents 13,000 Retail Drug Store, Pharmacy, Supermarket, Grocery Store and Food Process/Production Industry Employees across New York State.

There are 2.5 million Union Members living and working in New York State.

Vireo’s medical marijuana discount program for Union Members is one of several discount programs that the company offers to help make medical cannabis more affordable.

Vireo provides discounts to lower-income patients who may not otherwise be able to afford medical cannabis and to Veterans.

Vireo also offers free home delivery, in addition to other limited-time special offers.

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