In a recent victory for unionization efforts in the cannabis industry, Workers at New Jersey Cultivation Site have joined United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 152. Twelve cultivators at the Cannabist Company facility in Vineland voted in favor of union representation through a majority card check process. This success follows previous wins for the UFCW’s Cannabis Division, including a first contract with wage increases for workers at Acreage Holdings’ dispensaries in the state. With their union representation, the cultivators at the New Jersey facility hope to secure improvements in their working conditions, including higher wages and expanded access to protective equipment. The UFCW Local 152 plans to work with the workers to draft contract proposals and begin negotiations with the company.
Unionization Efforts In Cannabis Continue: Workers At New Jersey Cultivation Site Join UFCW Local 152
Workers at a cannabis cultivation site in New Jersey have made a significant step in their unionization efforts by joining the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 152. This development marks another success for the union’s Cannabis Division, which has been instrumental in advocating for workers’ rights in the industry.
Workers at New Jersey Cultivation Site Vote to Join UFCW Local 152
Twelve cultivators at the Cannabist Company facility in Vineland, New Jersey, voted in favor of union representation through a majority card check in September. This decision was met with the support of the majority of workers at the site, leading to the certification of the results by the NJ State Board of Mediation on October 6. The certification officially designates UFCW Local 152 as the workers’ union.
Certification of the Results by NJ State Board of Mediation
The certification of the workers’ vote by the NJ State Board of Mediation is a crucial step in the unionization process. It confirms that the majority of the cultivators at the Cannabist Company facility in Vineland have chosen UFCW Local 152 as their representative. This certification ensures that the union has the legal backing to negotiate on behalf of the workers and protects their rights in the workplace.
Local 152 Designated as the Workers’ Union
With the certification of the results, UFCW Local 152 has been officially designated as the workers’ union at the Cannabist Company facility in Vineland. The union will now take on the responsibility of advocating for the rights and benefits of the cultivators. UFCW Local 152 has a strong track record of representing workers in various industries and is committed to ensuring fair treatment and a safe working environment for its members.
Statement from UFCW Local 152 President Brian String
Brian String, the president of UFCW Local 152, expressed his pride in representing the cannabis cultivators at the Cannabist Company facility. He emphasized the union’s commitment to listening to the workers’ concerns and advocating for their needs. String also highlighted the growing strength of the union’s Cannabis Division, which has been successful in securing fair contracts and wage increases for workers in the industry. He remains optimistic that the same can be achieved for the cultivators at the Vineland facility.
Responsibilities of the Cultivators at the Facility
The cultivators at the Cannabist Company facility in Vineland play a crucial role in the production and preparation of cannabis for sale to consumers. They are responsible for growing and processing the plants, as well as overseeing quality control measures. The work of these cultivators directly impacts the quality and availability of cannabis products for consumers, making their role vital to the success of the facility.
Contract Negotiations between Local 152 and the Company
Following the certification of UFCW Local 152 as the workers’ union, the union will now engage in contract negotiations with the Cannabist Company. These negotiations will determine the terms and conditions of employment for the cultivators at the facility. UFCW Local 152 will work to secure better wages, improved working conditions, and additional benefits for the workers. Through collective bargaining, the union will strive to ensure that the cultivators are treated fairly and have a voice in decisions that affect their working lives.
Worker Demands for Wage Increases and Improved Working Environment
The cultivators at the Cannabist Company facility have specific demands that they wish to address through the unionization process. One of their primary concerns is wage increases. They believe that their hard work and contributions to the cannabis industry should be recognized and appropriately compensated. Additionally, the workers are seeking improvements to their working environment, such as better training opportunities and expanded access to protective equipment. By joining UFCW Local 152, they hope to achieve these goals and secure a better future for themselves and their fellow workers.
Previous Unionization Success at MPX Facility
This recent unionization effort at the Cannabist Company facility in Vineland follows a successful drive earlier this year at an MPX facility in Pleasantville. UFCW Local 152 was able to secure a first contract for the workers at the Acreage Holdings’ The Botanist dispensaries in Egg Harbor and Atlantic City. This contract included wage increases, highlighting the union’s track record of advocating for fair compensation and improved working conditions in the cannabis industry.
Continued Expansion of UFCW Local 152’s Cannabis Division
The successful unionization of the cultivators at the Cannabist Company facility in Vineland is another step in the continued expansion of UFCW Local 152’s Cannabis Division. As more workers in the cannabis industry recognize the need for collective bargaining and representation, the union’s strength at the bargaining table grows. UFCW Local 152 remains committed to fighting for the rights of cannabis workers in New Jersey and beyond, ensuring that their voices are heard and their hard work is respected.