Curaleaf Dispensary workers become first in Arizona to vote yes for union

Jul 5, 2022, 6:30 AM

PHOENIX — “Budtenders” at a Curaleaf Dispensary voted 13-to-6 in favor of unionizing on Thursday, becoming the first cannabis workers in Arizona to join the Cannabis Workers Rising movement, according to a press release.

Organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 99 (UFCW 99), the workers at the Midtown location on 2918 N. Central Ave. filed an election petition on April 20 this year.

Curaleaf is the world’s largest cannabis company by revenue and has over 100 locations across the country, according to the release.

“Today’s union election marks an important milestone for cannabis workers in Arizona and across the country. No matter the opposition, when workers stand together, there is nothing we cannot achieve,” UFCW 99 President Jim McLaughlin said in the release.

“As cannabis companies like Curaleaf continue to see record profits, the time to share their prosperity with workers is long overdue. We will continue to support workers at dispensaries across the southwest in their fight for fair wages and dignity in the workplace. Curaleaf workers can now negotiate a contract that guarantees protections in the workplace, and quality health care.”

After the Midtown location’s move, members of the Camelback location are set to vote next month.

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Curaleaf Dispensary workers become first in Arizona to vote yes for union