Cannabis Workers at Solar Therapeutics in Somerset, Mass., Vote Yes to Join Union

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<![CDATA[SOMERSET, Mass., Oct. 13, 2021 – PRESS RELEASE – United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local Union 328, which represents 11,000 workers in a variety of industries in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, announced that the hardworking team of budtenders employed at Solar Therapeutics in Somerset, Mass., won their union election after voting, 10-4, to join UFCW Local 328. The workers formed their union with a focus on gaining full-time opportunities, improving benefits and securing important workplace protections.Erin Bosse, a budtender at the Somerset location, stated after the win, “I am so proud of my co-workers for sticking together. We love our jobs and know that by forming our union, we will be able to build a better future for all of us here at Solar. Cannabis jobs can and should be careers and we know that when we stand together, we can make positive changes not only at our workplace but across the industry.” Jared Botelho, another budtender at the location, stated, “We are absolutely amazed to see all of the wonderful support from our fellow budtenders and are happy to say we have won our union election. We are looking forward to seeing a more bright and equitable future within the Solar Cannabis Co. community in pair with UFCW 328.Botelho added, “This industry has the potential to provide meaningful and middle-class jobs to thousands of cannabis workers across the country. This goes beyond us and our own dispensary. We hope other dispensaries continue the precedent to establish equity and contracts for their workers. We hold our company in the highest regards and look forward to our negotiations. Destigmatize, legitimize and unionize!”Sam Marvin, Director of Organizing at UFCW Local 328, said, “We are proud of the amazing team at Solar for sticking together throughout this election process. We look forward…

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