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UFCW Inks National Cannabis Deal - Historic Agreement Is ‘First; National Cannabis & CBD Contract

Published Monday, June 14, 2021
by Brian Young/UCOMM Blog
UFCW Inks National Cannabis Deal - Historic Agreement Is ‘First; National Cannabis & CBD Contract

(LONGMONT, COLORADO) - With CBD legal for purchase nationwide and cannabis becoming legal in more and more states, these industries are becoming a new industry for Labor Unions to organize Workers.

This organizing is being led by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), their sister Union - the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU), and the Teamsters.

On that note, the UFCW, which is the Nation’s largest Cannabis Workers Union, has announced a historic agreement with Union Harvest and Nature’s Root Labs - the first-ever national agreement to Unionize the entire workforce of a joint cannabis venture and the first-ever national CBD contract.

Nature’s Root Labs is located in Longmont Colorado and manufactures CBD, Hemp and Cannabis products.

Nature’s Root Labs is a manufacturer for Union Harvest.

Workers at Nature’s Root Labs will be represented by UFCW Local 7, which is based in Colorado.

Union Harvest, which is located in Colorado, has CBD Workers in purchasing, sales and Worker/customer education in Clearwater, Florida.

These Florida Workers will be represented by UFCW Local 1625. 

Union Harvest is already proudly displaying on the front page of their website that their Employees are Members of the UFCW.

“We are committed to running a Pro-Union company that will produce and sell high-quality CBD products to consumers across the Nation and honors the hard work of our Employees with a Union contract,” Union Harvest Managing Director and Founder Justin Eisenach said.

"That means higher wages and better benefits as well as giving Workers a voice, which can be critical in any business, but particularly important in an emerging industry such as cannabis. Having a good relationship with our Employees is important and a signed Union contract is part of that.  Now consumers will have a choice when they purchase CBD and can buy USA Union-made, Union-packed, Union-sold products.”

According to the UFCW, between RWDSU and UFCW the Union represents more than 10,000 Cannabis Workers - including recent victories at Windy City Cannabis in Illinois, Sira Naturals in Massachusetts, Perfect Union in California, Greenleaf in Rhode Island, OHM Grow/Pure Fire Dispensary in Colorado, Sunnyside (Cresco Labs) in New York, Garden State Dispensary in New Jersey, Vireo Health in Maryland, and DC Holistic Wellness in Washington, D.C.

“Job security is important, especially during a pandemic,” said Ataya Arreguin, a Cannabis Worker at Nature’s Root Labs. “I have two kids and throughout the past year, I have been worried about losing my job because of the pandemic.  Now that we have a Union, I feel even more confident that these jobs are secure and that they can become a great career that helps us build a better life for us and our families.”

“We are proud to be joining Local 777, a Union with a deep history of defending and advocating for Workers’ Rights,” said Budtenders Jason Blumstein and Sydney Charles. “We’re excited about the future and quality of life we can create for all Cannabis Workers.”

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