The first ever union contract for cannabis workers in Washington was announced Thursday, June 18th.
Local 367 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and the Cannabis Club Collective from Tacoma, Washington signed the contract. There are large hopes for this contract to add legitimacy to the industry.
The contract was signed between Local 367 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and the Cannabis Club Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary in Tacoma, Wash. The new contract has the potential to add more legitimacy to an industry that has been illegal for many decades and the source of substantial criticism. The DailyCaller reported further details on the contract here
This is a very important move because workers need to be protected, no matter what industry they work in. The new Washington Contract sets standards for employees in the Washington Marijuana industry. The contract discusses regular raises, affordable health insurance, paid vacations, sick leave, seniority and grievance protections and a pension plan to guarantee secure retirements.
UFC Local 367 fights for workers’ rights through gathering awareness. Local 367 is chartered by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which represents over one million members in the United States and Canada, making it one of the largest unions in North America.
There is also a large national movement to protect cannabis workers. Cannabis Workers Rising have over 3,000 followers on their Facebook page, and earlier this month, on June 6th, California’s Bhang Chocolates voted to ratify their first union contract. Cannabis.org reported Beny Valencio, an employee and chocoloatier at Bhang Chocolates as saying, “We’re working towards a better future and this new contract is just the beginning.”
The Marijuana industry in Washington, as well as all over the nation, is really making great leaps and bounds to protect workers and monitor abusers. We reported on the new testing devices that were created here, and it just goes to show that the industry is moving forward in many areas.
Its important that the new laws and developments are followed, so we can keep our clients and Washington community safe. Please call us at (253) 273-7064 if you have any questions or need help with your auto insurance, insurance after a marijuana DUI or SR22 information!