Supporting Medical Marijuana


Unionizing The Cannabis Industry
Governor Andrew Cuomo signing Compassionate Care Act.

In September 2016, Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW's newest members from Vireo Health NY ratified their first union contract! We are proud to announce that Local 338 now represents such dedicated hard workers at Vireo Health NY. Vireo Health NY is one of the five registered organizations in New York's cannabis industry located in Fulton County. Not only is it the first collective bargaining agreement for the working men and women at Vireo Health NY, but it is also the first successful unionization of all workers in New York's medical marijuana industry.

Representatives from Local 338 have met with industry leaders, scientists and workers from across the cannabis industry to become better educated on the needs and issues of the industry and its workforce. In addition to representing workers in the cannabis industry, Local 338 represents approximately 16,000 workers at retail drug stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, specialty food stores, bakeries, dairies, and several other food processing/production industries. Our knowledge of these industries combined with our work on the crafting of the Compassionate Care Act has positioned Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW as the perfect working partner with New York’s cannabis companies.

 

Beginning in 2008, our International Union, the UFCW began organizing workers employed in the cannabis industry in States where the use of marijuana has been legalized. Today, the UFCW Cannabis Workers Division represents several thousand members working in the adult use and medical cannabis industries. Local 338 is a local of the Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union (RWDSU), a Council of the UFCW. Local 338 worked closely with the RWDSU, UFCW, Cannabis Workers Rising and the New York State AFL-CIO to successfully complete the first organizing efforts of the medical cannabis industry in New York State and Vireo Health NY.
 
For the last three years, Local 338 has not only partnered with the patients, advocates and elected officials to help pass the Compassionate Care Act, but has also been working with the industry around the nation. Through the UFCW International Union, representatives from Local 338 have been meeting with industry leaders, scientists and workers from across the cannabis industry to become better educated on the needs and issues of the industry and its workforce. While Local 338 represents the workers in various industries, we understand the need to work together with our industry employers to lobby for laws and regulations that help them grow and prosper while providing better security and working conditions for the workers we represent.
John Durso and Andrew Cuomo
Local 338 members working at Vireo Health NY
We look forward to a long future working with our members employed at Vireo Health NY and enhancing workers' rights in the medical cannabis industry throughout New York to develop the safest and most efficient industry possible to benefit both patients and workers alike. Congratulations to our new brothers and sisters at Vireo Health NY on your first union contract!



Congratulations to Our Members at Vireo Health New York!
These hard working men and women are the first in New York's medical cannabis industry to ratify a union contract!
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Local 338 Attends Historic Signing of the Compassionate Care Act
The Compassionate Care Act legalizes medical marijuana for thousands of patients in need. 



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