Las Vegas, NV – United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 711 today applauded Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s signature on SB 122 (Brooks), which requires employees at cannabis establishments complete a 10-hour health and safety course and supervisory employees complete a 30-hour course to ensure compliance with job-related safety and health hazards. The following statement may be attributed to Mike Gittings, President of UFCW Local 711.
“Nevada’s cannabis industry is taking many formerly unlicensed businesses out of the shadows and creating thousands of jobs, which requires them to adhere to numerous workplace safety laws. In an industry where there are real and documented health risks for workers, workers and managers alike must gain familiarity with their responsibilities and safe practices.
“UFCW’s cannabis industry workers handle cannabis products, work with heavy machinery, are exposed to cannabis by-products and chemicals in laboratories where testing is done on a daily basis and are subject to repetitive stress injuries and other injuries on the job. SB 122 is essential to establishing a work environment that recognizes the value workers bring to this emerging industry while continuing to meet the demand of consumers with a safe and quality product. We applaud Governor Sisolak for supporting our effort to ensure workers know how to be safe and how to report violations they see on the job, which will prevent needless harm in the cannabis industry.”
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UFCW Local 711
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2021
Contact: Jenna Thompson, 949.246.1620, [email protected]