Twelve cultivators at the Columbia Care/The Cannabist facility in Vineland, NJ, supported union representation through a majority card check last month, leading to the certification of the results by the New Jersey State Board of Mediation on Friday, October 6. This certification designated UFCW Local 152 as the workers’ union.
“We are proud to represent these cannabis cultivators,” Local 152 President Brian String said. “We take seriously their trust in our union. We will ensure their voice is heard and their hard work is respected.”
The cultivators at the facility grow and process cannabis, overseeing its production and preparing it for sale to consumers.
Local 152 will continue to meet with the workers to draft contract proposals and schedule bargaining dates with the company. The cultivators seek wage increases and improvements to their working environment, including training and expanded access to protective equipment.
This is the latest in a string of successes for the union’s Cannabis Division. This organizing win follows another successful cannabis-related drive by Local 152 earlier this year at an MPX facility in Pleasantville, and workers at The Botanist dispensaries in Egg Harbor and Atlantic City ratified a strong first contract with wage increases in June.
“As our Cannabis Division grows, so does our strength at the bargaining table,” President String said. “A fair contract and fair treatment for cannabis workers is possible in New Jersey and beyond.”
Congratulations to these workers! We know just how hard you worked to get to this point and it paid off. Finally, congratulations to UFCW Local 152’s Director of Organizing Mike Thompson, Director of Cannabis Peter White, and the rest of the organizing team for helping these members walk through the process of organizing. UFCW is proud to be the cannabis workers’ union.
Are you interested in learning more about how UFCW Local 152 can help you and your coworkers? Are you in the cannabis industry and want to learn more about labor peace agreements at your facility? Fill out the Union Interest Form or email Director of Cannabis Peter White at email@example.com today.