420 with CNW – California Marijuana Industry Workers Move to Unionize

420 with CNW – California Marijuana Industry Workers Move to Unionize

California has made it easy for weed workers to join labor unions after Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday signed into law a bill that requires all cannabis stores that have 20 employees or more to enter into labor peace agreements. California is the second state (after New York) to issue a requirement for licensed weed shops to enter into a peace deal with the labor union whereby they promise not to stop their employees from joining a union. This agreement will discourage workers from organizing labor strikes against the company. In recent years, there has been an increased number of states decriminalizing marijuana, and this has prompted labor unions to push for these agreements. The labor union goal is to make sure that the 6 billion dollar industry does not take advantage of their workers who, instead of being paid proper wages, are paid below the minimum wage. According to the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the push for the agreements is a way for workers to form a labor union and boost their membership. When the cannabis workers are unionized, they can negotiate for better pay, annual pay rises, and health insurance coverage. UFCW is responsible for organizing marijuana workers in the U.S since 2011. After voters approved the ballot measure for the legalization of recreational marijuana sales in 2016, California issued a requirement for all weed shops to sign the labor peace deal. However, the downside to this requirement was that the law did not include how the agreement would be enforced, nor the deadline for signing the contract by the marijuana businesses. According to the new law signed on Friday, businesses are given a maximum of 60 days to sign the labor peace deal; if not, the employee can file a complaint with the…

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