Ottawa – November 6, 2020 – Cannabis workers at the Superette Wellington retail dispensary in Ottawa are the newest members of UFCW Local 1006A after recently voting to join the union. In an online vote conducted by the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the 25 employees at Superette voted overwhelmingly for union representation.
“As the union for cannabis workers, UFCW continues to see strong interest from workers looking to make improvements and protect their rights in this growing industry,” says UFCW 1006A President Wayne Hanley. “We look forward to working with the new members at Superette to negotiate the strong union contract they deserve,” he adds.
Workers are looking to address a variety of issues, including the reduction of hours and shifts without notice, a clear path to full-time status, and adding a benefit program.
“I'd say this win is a sign of encouragement for me,” says a new member at Superette. “There's a lot of hard-working professionals in the cannabis industry and this win marks a step towards creating careers that value their hard work and specialized knowledge.”
The new bargaining unit consists of workers employed as Budtenders, Inventory Lead, Key Lead, Merchandising Lead, and Inventory Specialist at Superette Wellington.
“These workers showed great courage and unity in their campaign for union representation,” says Lesley Prince, UFCW 1006A Organizing Director. “Workers shouldn’t be left behind in the highly profitable cannabis sector – Superette workers are paving the path forward,” she adds.
UFCW is the union for cannabis workers, representing cannabis retail stores, call centres, and marijuana growing facilities across Canada and the United States. To learn how you can join the cannabis workers’ union, visit UFCW Canada’s Conscious Cannabis website.
UFCW Local 1006A represents 36,000 members in a wide range of sectors across Ontario, including the grocery retail, food processing, hospitality, laundry, warehousing, transportation, and eye care industries. To read more about UFCW 1006A and its outstanding work, visit the Local Union’s website.
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