The UFCW has helped lead the development and stabilization of the emerging cannabis sector through our Cannabis Workers Rising campaign since 2010. Local 5 was in the forefront of this movement, organizing the first unionized dispensaries nearly ten years ago.
Our union now represents tens of thousands of cannabis workers across multiple states. The UFCW Local 5 cannabis members include workers in dispensaries, growing and cultivating facilities, manufacturing and processing facilities and laboratories.
The projected global legal marijuana market is projected to hit $145.4 Billion by 2025.
Cannabis job growth is expected to average 21% a year.
UFCW5 represents 500 cannabis workers and that number is growing. On average union workers earn 13% more than non-union workers.
in back pay wages to cannabis workers at dispensaries
The UFCW offers cannabis industry workers and business owners, along with patients and coalition allies, the opportunity to work together to accomplish shared goals. By crafting and supporting targeted legislative efforts, along with negotiating the best contracts for workers, we continue to set high standards throughout the industry.
- Strong union contracts that guarantee industry-leading wages, working conditions and employer-paid health benefits.
- Job security protected by a dispute resolution process
- Full-time work guarantees and scheduling rights for part-time employees.
- Collective input into workplace decisions that impact workers and clients.
- Scholarships, group discounts, legal representation and other member-only benefits.
UFCW 5 has won:
- Over $200,000 in back pay wages to cannabis workers at dispensaries
- Reinstatement of workers who were improperly terminated
- Wage increases in union contracts averaging 10% in first year of contract
- Fully Paid healthcare benefits
Major UFCW5-represented employers
Improving the Industry
- Powerful local and state legislative advocacy for strong licensing rules, smart zoning, and regulatory enforcement.
- Robust training through state-certified apprenticeship programs to develop and enhance career pathways.
- Creating and monitoring the enforcement of unique industry regulations that protect the health and safety of workers and clients while
- Demanding industry-wide diversity in both employment and ownership.
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