FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5/11/23
Bertha.Rodriguez@ufcw770.org, (213) 453-6276
Stachs-Eaze Cannabis Delivery Drivers in Venice Vote to Unionize With UFCW Local 770
Venice employees join UFCW as Stachs-Eaze workers across California continue to seek union representation
Los Angeles– On Tuesday 5/9, employees at the Stachs-Eaze Lincoln cannabis delivery depot located in Venice voted by an overwhelming margin to unionize with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770. The new unit includes approximately 30 delivery drivers and delivery depot staff and is the second Stachs-Eaze Los Angeles-area delivery depot since March to vote to unionize with Local 770.
Workers at the Venice delivery depot join scores of other Stachs-Eaze employees across California as drivers and depot staff continue to seek union representation with the Cannabis Workers Union, UFCW. The victory is the latest in a string of successful Stachs-Eaze representation elections that have rapidly rolled out across the state. Most recently, approximately 80 workers at Stachs-Eaze’s San Jose depot voted to become members of UFCW Local 5.
Delivery drivers and delivery depot staff are unionizing to address workplace issues including employee safety, scheduling challenges, pay, access to affordable health insurance and other benefits. The Stachs-Eaze Lincoln vote comes as the company has pursued a series of changes to policies and working conditions at its depot operations, some of which have raised significant worker concerns, particularly around issues of workplace safety.
“We are joining UFCW because we want a safer workplace and we want to make sure Stachs-Eaze treats employees with the dignity and respect we deserve,” said Lincoln delivery driver Harmony Roberts. “It is unacceptable that the company seems to care more about its bottom line than the safety of its employees, and we are demanding change.”
Two other Los Angeles-area Stachs-Eaze depots are set to vote on unionization in the coming weeks with more elections to follow. “Cannabis industry workers are making it clear that they want a union and a voice on the job,” said Local 770 President Kathy Finn, “and Local 770 is proud to welcome Stachs-Eaze employees to our union family.”
Stachs is a wholly owned subsidiary of Eaze, the largest multi-state cannabis delivery operator in the U.S. Eaze is headquartered in San Francisco.
UFCW Local 770 represents more than 30,000 workers in grocery, retail drug, meatpacking, healthcare and cannabis industries across Southern California.