San Francisco cannabis store workers OK union-negotiated pact

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The United Food and Commercial Workers Union scored another victory in the legal marijuana market when workers at a San Francisco retail store voted in favor of a UFCW-negotiated contract.

According to a news release, workers at Stiiizy-Mission, located in the heart of San Francisco and operated by the Shryne Group, voted unanimously in favor of a contract that includes “salary increases that average $3/hr over the life of the contract, a pathway to full-time work, employer provided health insurance, and an employer sponsored retirement savings account.”

The news is the latest indication that organized labor is making inroads into the burgeoning marijuana market.

The UFCW has been working for years to organize cannabis employees across the nation, and in many states – including California – businesses over a certain size are required to enter into labor peace agreements.

Unions such as the UFCW have made progress on that front this year in Illinois and Massachusetts, in particular.

So far, the UFCW alone represents roughly 10,000 workers nationwide in the marijuana industry, according to the release.