Unionized workers in the cannabis industry can be rare. Due to the stigma against cannabis, and the legal hurdles that present themselves, unionizing is just not a prevalent practice. However, employees in Southern California are slowly changing the culture when it comes to unions.
39 employees at a grow operation that is owned by Tikun Olam California voted to join the Teamsters, announced the union. The grow operation, which can be found in Adelanto, California, joined Teamsters Local 1932 in San Bernardino, which has approximately 14,000 members.
“Today is a historic day for workers across the cannabis industry in Southern California,” stated
Randy Korgan, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 1932. “By exercising their rights to
unionize, Tikun Olam workers are joining a proud legacy of Teamsters who have come
together for more than 100 years to secure stability, dignity, and respect at work.”
Tikun Olam California opened in 2019 with an 80,000 sq. ft. facility. Kurt Newman and Doug Herring are two of the brand-new Teamsters union members at Tikun Olam California. “We are anticipating a strong future after joining Local 1932,” says Herring and Newman. “Together, cannabis workers will carve the future for this industry that we are all so proud to be a part of.”
As reported by the Teamsters release, this vote is the “first Agricultural Labor Relations Board election victory for cannabis workers in Southern California.”