More cannabis workers vote to join unions in Illinois

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Several Illinois-based marijuana facilities opted to unionize through votes by employees, both the Teamsters and the United Food and Commercial Workers announced.

On Thursday, employees at Sunnyside dispensary in Champaign, Illinois, voted to join the UFCW Local 881, according to a news release.

Sunnyside marks the third marijuana facility owned by Cresco Labs where employees voted to join the union. That moves comes on the heels of the company’s Sunnyside shop in Lakeview and at a cultivation facility in Joliet.

The UFCW Local 881 also noted in its release that a pair of other Illinois marijuana shops, Windy City Cannabis on Weed Street and Ascend in downtown Springfield, also voted recently to join the union.

On Friday, workers at Modern Cannabis in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood voted to join the Teamsters, according to a news release.

That marks the second shop owned by Modern Cannabis in Chicago to unionize just this month, after employees at the company’s River North location also voted to join the union.

The unionization wins come as organized labor is increasingly making inroads with cannabis workers nationwide.