BATTLE CREEK, MI – Workers at a marijuana provisioning center have formed a union.
Workers at Heritage Provisioning, 3769 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek voted to form a union, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 951 said in a news release.
It is the first group to authorize a union at a retail cannabis facility in the western portion of Michigan, UFCW said.
The grand opening for the Battle Creek shop is scheduled for Thursday, April 20.
All employees at the provisioning center in Battle Creek joined, the release said. The first contract will be bargained soon.
“I’m really excited to be a part of something bigger than just myself,” worker Riley Boles said. “My dad is a union member and I’m proud to not only become one also, but to make history as the first UFCW 951 organized cannabis facility.”
The company’s owner, William McKenzie, issued a statement.
“It felt like a synergistic move to partner with the union; creating a platform where people can get a good paying job that turns into a career,” McKenzie said in the release.
The union is supposed to be a step toward a lasting career, where there is typically a high employee turnover, the release said.
“We celebrate with the workers today and look forward to bargaining a contract that will give them the guarantees and protections in the workplace they deserve, along with competitive wages and quality healthcare,” UFCW 951 President John Cakmakci said. “I’m excited and hopeful this will serve as a pathway to expanding union coverage to include more workers in the cannabis industry.”
UFCW represents 28,000 workers in Michigan and 1.3 million people nationwide.
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