Solar Therapeutics Budtenders Ratify First Union Contract

Solar Therapeutics Budtenders Ratify First Union Contract

<![CDATA[A group of budtenders who voted in October to organize at the Solar Therapeutics cannabis dispensary in Somerset, Mass., unanimously ratified their first union contract March 21. The contract comes roughly five months after the cannabis retail workers voted, 10-4, to join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 328, which represents roughly 11,000 workers in a variety of industries in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. RELATED: Cannabis Workers at Solar Therapeutics in Somerset, Mass., Vote Yes to Join Union The ratified contract includes a three-year agreement with a focus on gaining full-time opportunities, improving benefits, raising wages and securing workplace protections. Andrea Areias Nooth, a budtender at the Somerset location, served as a member of the worker negotiating committee. “I am truly proud of my co-workers for working together to get this done as we help shape the future of the cannabis industry,” Nooth said in a Local 328 press release. “The work put in to get to this point was definitely worth it, and I know this momentum will continue with other dispensaries around the country as this industry grows. Never be afraid to stand up for what you deserve.” According to Local 328, the three-year deal includes: Guaranteed wage increasesHigher starting ratesImprovements in paid sick leave and paid vacationsPathway to full-time employmentRobust grievance procedure and workplace protectionsImprovement in paid breaksImprovement in paid holidaysProtected time-and-a-half pay on Sundays and holidaysClothing allowanceNewly established 401(k) planImprovement in employee discounts UFCW Local 328 Director of Organizing Sam Marvin congratulated the Solar Therapeutics team members on approving an agreement he said secures important gains and strengthens their futures at the company. “By standing together, they were able to achieve this victory,” he said in the Local 328 release. “Additionally, we recognize Solar Therapeutics for negotiating in good faith, listening to their employees…

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