Curaleaf’s Refusal to Bargain With Union ‘Unlawful’

Curaleaf’s Refusal to Bargain With Union ‘Unlawful’

<![CDATA[Curaleaf’s refusal to recognize and bargain with unionized cannabis workers in Chicago was ruled unlawful by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Dec. 5. When Cannabis Business Times reached out to Curaleaf’s corporate communications department, a spokesperson said the company “won’t be commenting.”The case stems from March 31, 2021, when election results revealed workers at Wind City Cannabis on Weed Street in Chicago voted, 11-10, to join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 881 union. The dispensary on Weed Street is one of 10 Illinois retail locations owned by Massachusetts-based Curaleaf. In April 2021, Curaleaf’s legal counsel submitted five objections to the election results, including the claim that delays in the U.S. Postal Service caused voter disenfranchisement for the mail-in election. While there were “approximately” 29 eligible voters, according to NLBR’s ballot tally, only 21 valid ballots were counted. Zero ballots were challenged.Election Tally by Tony Lange on ScribdAccording to Curaleaf’s legal counsel, “at least one voter had returned a ballot, but it had not been received by the [NLRB Region 13] as of the ballot count on March 31.”Upon review, the NLRB found one employee’s delay in returning her mail-in ballot on March 18 (three days after she received it) resulted in it arriving to the region one day after the ballot count, which was “beyond the control of the region and does not provide a basis for setting aside this election,” Regional Director Terry Morgan wrote.The election included all full-time and regular part-time product specialists employed by Curaleaf from its Weed Street location, according to the NLRB decision and order from Dec. 5.  Excluded from the election were managers, product specialist leads, agents in charge, office clerical employees and guards, professional employees, and supervisors. “We have had to endure a lot of anti-union propaganda from…

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