Connecticut Has Its First Cannabis Workers Union

The union wave in the cannabis continues to grow as Connecticut sees its first labor union in the industry.

The Register Citizen reports:

“Forty eight workers at Advanced Grow Labs in West Haven voted to unionize, with a focus on wages, benefits and workplace protections, according to a release.

‘We are so inspired by the team at Advanced Grow Labs. They are the very first cannabis workers in the State of Connecticut to form their union,’ said UFCW Local 919 President Mark A. Espinosa in a release Monday. ‘We are excited to bargain a contract and set the standard for all cannabis workers in this state.’

Though it is the first cannabis worker union in Connecticut, it probably won’t be the last. The law that allowed the possession, use and sale of recreational cannabis included a provision that required a ‘labor peace agreement’ as a condition of full licensure.

UFCW Local 919 Director of organizing Emily Sabo explained that though every cannabis establishment in Connecticut is required to have a labor peace agreement, that does not mean a union will form.

‘A labor peace agreement means that an operator will remain neutral and fair workers want to form a union,’ she said. ‘In return, the union agrees and the workers are agreeing not to picket no work stoppages, strikes, etc, in exchange for the neutrality.’

‘A labor peace agreement levels the playing field for workers if they want to form a union. It doesn’t force them to form a union, but it levels the playing field and it gives them a quicker path to forming a union if they want to,’ Sabo said.”

For the rest of the story, visit the Register Citizen here.

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