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Cannabis Workers In Seattle ‘Go Union’ With The UFCW

Published Tuesday, October 5, 2021
by UFCW News
Cannabis Workers In Seattle ‘Go Union’ With The UFCW

(SEATTLE, WASHINGTON) - Workers employed at the Ponder Cannabis Store in Seattle have voted to join United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 21.

The eight Workers, who are charge of bud tending, cash handling, medical cannabis and inventory at the store, joined the UFCW because they were concerned about unjust firings and insufficient wages and benefits, Union Officials said.

The Workers also wanted a voice in the workplace and the better wages and benefits that come with a Union contract, they added.

The new Members of UFCW Local 21 are excited about being a part of our Union Family.

“The process was definitely stressful, of course, but the win feels really good,” said Kristen Wells. “I personally felt really supported by the UFCW along the way.  It is really exciting to be moving the cannabis industry towards an equitable place for everybody.”

“The process of creating the Union created a lot of challenges and a lot of conversations amongst everyone,” said Cody Funderburk. “But overall, I am really thrilled that we have this opportunity to make the cannabis industry more equitable through collective bargaining power.”

“I’m excited that this win was fruitful and that we have a chance to make our workplace better for ourselves,” said Ritsuko Armington.

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