Topics: Organizing

Local 99 Welcomes New Members

The marijuana industry is slowly coming out of the shadows and into the light. The labor movement has an opportunity to ensure that the workers in this multi-billion-dollar industry are safe, well trained and well compensated. UFCW locals across the WesternStates are committing resources to organize workers in the union. The latest example of this success, was on June 3rd when UFCW Local 99 welcomed 30 new members from Natural Rx.

Workers voted on their first contract.  In their contract, they gained wage increases, seniority rights, healthcare package, pension, paid holidays, vacation and personal days.  Workers represented are Patient Consultants, Garden Assistant, Budtenders, Edible Specialists, Security, Cashier, Compliance Specialists, Trimmers, Store Managers and Assistant Managers.

Owner Trevor Reed wants to operate as a union operator because he knows what a union provides for its worker since he was an Ironworker himself. He decided to sign a labor neutrality agreement and agreed to let his workers choose whether they wanted to unionize Trevor owns shops in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Los Lunas in New Mexico.  This is the first Cannabis business that UFCW local 99 has organized

Congratulations and welcome to the Union family.