Workers at CannTech form union, join UFCW Local 1776KS
Pittsburgh, PA – Workers at CannTech LLC have overwhelmingly chose to join United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1776KS on Friday, August 21st. Currently, CannTech operates a clinical research medical cannabis grow facility in Warrendale, PA just north of Pittsburgh and is preparing to open five medical cannabis dispensaries throughout the state of Pennsylvania.
“We’re very excited to have these workers join our union” Wendell Young IV, president of Local 1776KS said. “The medical cannabis industry is one of Pennsylvania’s essential businesses and has seen rapid growth during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are proud to represent these frontline workers. I’m glad that CannTech management respects worker’s rights to organize and didn’t interfere with this process.”
By joining UFCW 1776KS, workers at CannTech are part of the more than 10,000 workers in the cannabis industry across the county represented by UFCW. In Pennsylvania, UFCW 1776KS represents workers at Harvest (formally Franklin Labs), Vireo and now CannTech.
“I’m thrilled to join UFCW Local 1776KS!” said Nathan Harlan, a medical cannabis cultivator at CannTech. “Having a union at my workplace means I can bargain for better wages, benefits and safety protocols in our contract.”