Employees at New Jersey’s Largest Smoke Shop Chain Submit Landmark Petition in Favor of Unionizing to National Labor Relations Board

Employees at New Jersey’s Largest Smoke Shop Chain Submit Landmark Petition in Favor of Unionizing to National Labor Relations Board
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Overcoming owner objection, workers at all nine Wonderland Smoke Shop locations will vote in NLRB-conducted elections to become full participants in the Garden State’s cannabis industry, and share in its union protections, trainings and benefits. WEST BERLIN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 360 announces the submission of a groundbreaking petition to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by the employees of Wonderland Smoke Shop, New Jersey’s largest cannabis accessories business. Wonderland Smoke Shop now becomes the first cannabis accessories business to formally ask the NLRB to conduct an election to unionize. Such businesses are not covered by current New Jersey legislation requiring cannabis license holders and bona fide labor groups to mutually attest that a labor peace agreement is in place. Wonderland Smoke Shop describes itself as a “one-stop shop,” with wall-to-wall display cases that showcase “hand-blown glass pipes, water pipes, smoking accessories and body jewelry.” To submit the petition that triggers the NLRB’s process, at least 30% of employees had to declare their support for union certification elections. In fact, employees added their names to the petition even after business owners pushed them to reject the worker protections and family-supporting benefits that come with joining UFCW Local 360. “Workers in these stores have always been in the vanguard of the industry,” said Hugh Giordano, UFCW Local 360’s director of organizing. “From making sure that sick and suffering patients know how to properly experience the benefits of medical marijuana to supporting those who advocated for cannabis legalization, they’ve been vocal and committed. Now they’re advocating for themselves and UFCW is proud to stand with them.” Typically, once a petition is filed, employers must conspicuously post a Notice of Petition for Election. NLRB agents will then seek an election agreement between the employer, union, and others to…

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