The US cannabis industry continues to move toward more unionized operations
After a significant vote in favor, Flora Terra Cannabis cultivation, propagation and post-harvest workers joined Teamsters Local 665. This is considered the first group of marijuana workers to join Teamsters under the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act in Northern California. Teamsters Local 665 ensures that workers’ rights are enforced, and more and more companies in the cannabis sector are seeking its protection in order to receive fair treatment.
Tony Delorio, chief officer of Local 665, extended his congratulations to the newest members for standing firm and making the necessary efforts to make this movement a reality. He assures that Golden State farm workers are already receiving all the benefits they need thanks to a united voice in working on a Teamster contract. The organization does not expect things to be any different with this company when it began bargaining.
“Cannabis generates more revenue in California than any other state in the country,” said Peter Finn, Teamsters Food Processing Division Director. “We look forward to ensuring that an equitable share of the money generated from this industry goes to those who are most responsible for the success of these companies.”
Anthony Benavides, a worker at the Flora Terra facility, shared the thoughts of he and his colleagues. He assures that the team opted for this decision as they know that a Teamster contract will pave the way for cannabis to become a rewarding career where workers can stay for a lifetime if they so desire. He says the Flora Terra workforce wants to be part of a remarkable movement to ensure that the marijuana industry generates an enormous amount of jobs and brings relief to many middle-class US families.