These successful campaigns reflect the Local’s on-going commitment to the cannabis sector at every level. President Young, our Representatives and Field Operations team, among others, all played key roles in these wins.
“In addition to the workers themselves, we threw everything we could at these drives,” said President Young. “And our Bargaining team is already at work negotiating contracts for these workers.”
Currently, there are 50 workers at the AYR grow facility. We anticipate that the number of employees will grow to approximately 200 in the following year. This facility becomes the seventh AYR worksite that we have organized. The three Apothecarium Dispensary locations employ a combined 36 workers.
UFCW 1776’s work in the growing cannabis industry continues to deliver wins for workers across Pennsylvania. Our team has organized an AYR Grow facility in Pottsville (Schuylkill County), workers at the Apothecarium Dispensary locations in Plymouth Meeting (Montgomery County), Thorndale (Chester County) and in Lancaster City. Most recently, we welcomed workers from Cresco Sunnyside Dispensary in Pittsburgh, PA who voted 14 to 6 to form their union.
“I want to congratulate these workers for their hard work and their commitment to pushing these organizing efforts across the finish line,” said Wendell Young IV, President of UFCW Local 1776. “I am very, very proud of the fact that UFCW 1776 is the voice for workers in this growing industry.”
“Our Local now represents roughly 400 cannabis workers across Pennsylvania and we know that there are many, many opportunities,” President Young said. “We will continue to look for organizing opportunities in new sectors.”