Organized Labor and Santa Ana Cannabis dispensary sign industry's first ever union contract

Mar 02, 2016, 11:00 ET from OC Labor Federation

SANTA ANA, Calif., March 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Labor and the Cannabis industry have worked together with the state legislature and the Governor's office for the last five years to craft public policy to allow safe access to patients and at the same time protect our neighborhoods. 

South Coast Safe Access and the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 324 has negotiated the first labor agreement in Orange County.  The contract provides for union representation, paid holidays, paid sick leave, employer paid health insurance, pension retirement plan, paid vacation, grievance procedure and livable wages.

Medical cannabis has been legal in California for nearly 20 years and cannabis workers believe California can once again move to the front of the pack by protecting workers and consumers in an industry that will certainly grow and become an even bigger part of our state's economy. 

We are pleased to see that elected officials are recognizing the need to professionalize the medical marijuana workforce and to keep the industry in the hands of legitimate operators who have worker safety in mind.  The Orange County Labor Federation (OCLF) and UFCW Local 324 welcome these new members to our family which includes pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy clerks.       

Who: The OCLF, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 324 and members of our community.

What: Press conference announcing labor and community partnering to protect cannabis workers and consumers.

When: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 11 am

Where: South Coast Safe Access; 1900 Warner Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Why: Public policy allowing safe access to patients and at the same time protecting our neighborhoods.         

CONTACT: Kathia Canlas
OC Labor Federation
(714) 883-5744.


SOURCE OC Labor Federation