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Local 770 dispensary workers at two medical cannabis dispensaries are celebrating the ratification of their first union contractL 770 Dispensary Victory 10 07 13. Workers at Greenhouse Herbal Center and LA Wonderland-Hot Zone in Los Angeles have negotiated contracts that will raise standards at their dispensaries while ensuring that the dispensaries adhere to labor laws and industry standards.

Workers view this contract as a victory not only for themselves, but also for their patients and for the future of their industry.

Beyond their workplace organizing efforts, these workers joined with Local 770 to help pass a city-wide voter initiative, Proposition D, that regulates medical cannabis dispensaries. Signing their first collective bargaining agreement is the next step in bringing dignity and order to a still volatile industry and ensuring the enforcement of basic labor laws and industry standards.

Workers also secured regular raises, paid time off and a grievance procedure. The contract language improves regulatory standards and defines respect in the workplace.

“My favorite part of the contract is having regular raises,” said Ksenia, a worker at LA Wonderland-Hot Zone. “It makes me feel more serious and secure about this job.”

The UFCW represents thousands of medical cannabis workers in six states and the District of Columbia. UFCW members in the cannabis industry work predominantly in dispensaries, coffee shops, bakeries, patient identification centers, hydroponics stores, and growing and training facilities.

Medical Marijuana Patients To Protest Potential Ordinance Shutting Down Dispensaries - CBS

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Terminally and seriously ill medical marijuana patients will gather on the steps of City Hall Thursday to protest ahead of a City Council meeting that could shut down pot dispensaries.

The Public Safety Committee meeting, planned for 8 a.m. Friday, will consider a preliminary ordinance to either ban medicinal cannabis dispensaries completely or allow a little over 100 to continue to operate.

Safe Access, Good Jobs in LA



Los Angeles City Council is preparing to vote on a total ban on medical cannabis dispensaries.

Join our rally for safe access. Good jobs and a responsible approach.

Medical Cannabis Patients, Licensed Dispensaries, Union members, Labor and Community allies will join UFCW Local 770 to show their support to City leaders for a responsible approach.

DATE: THURSDAY, JUNE 7
TIME: 10:00AM
LOCATION: LOS ANGELES CITY HALL (West Steps)


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For information, contact:
Matt O'Malley: 213-201-7124
Jean Tong: 213-201-7123

L.A. Marijuana Shop Owners Really Want Their Workers To Join Unions - Huffington Post


Employees at LA Wonderland, a medical marijuana dispensary, recently agreed to join a union.

Brennan Thicke has struggled for years to keep his Los Angeles business open. Several months ago, he called a staff meeting to discuss what he thinks might be his last, best hope: starting an employee union.

"I told them, 'Here's the deal: This is an opportunity for you to save your jobs,'" Thicke recalled.

Workers at L.A. pot dispensaries form labor union - LA Times


Rick Icaza, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, speaks at a news conference announcing that employees of Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensaries had formed a union. (Gary Friedman, Los Angeles Times / March 22, 2012)

With the fate of the city's medical marijuana industry in question, workers at more than a dozen Los Angeles pot shops have formed a labor union in part to help ward off a proposed citywide ban on dispensaries.

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