Workers at The Botanist Ratify Unprecedented First Union Contract

The Negotiating Committee for The Botanist

The 2023 Negotiating Committee for The Botanist.


On June 21st, UFCW Local 152 members at The Botanist dispensaries in Egg Harbor Township and Atlantic City, NJ voted overwhelmingly to ratify a bargaining agreement with their employer! This contract marked the first of its kind for cannabis workers at UFCW Local 152!

The three-year agreement calls for raises as well as ratification bonuses and improved health benefits. The base salary for new hires is increased and all members at both Botanist locations have access to the grievance process through their union.

“This strong first contract is the culmination of months of hard bargaining on behalf of our members,” Local 152 President Brian String said. “The unity displayed by these workers was crucial to our success and sets a strong foundation for continued achievements.”

UFCW Local 152 represents more than 60 workers at The Botanist across the two locations. Members grow, harvest, and process cannabis and sell it in several forms at their retail spaces. Customers can seek assistance from the experts at either location to find the products that meet their medical needs.

For more than a decade, Local 152 has been at the forefront of organizing the cannabis industry in New Jersey. Earlier this year, workers at another cannabis cultivation site owned by MPX NJ group voted to join the union and are in negotiations to determine their first contract.

“Our expertise in bargaining across many diverse, challenging industries makes Local 152 a powerful ally for cannabis workers,” String said.

“No one has to go it alone. With a union, we’re all in this together.”

Why not you?

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 pwhite@ufcwlocal152.org today.