Article by Joanna Lavoie, Inside Toronto
For the first time in Canada, workers at a medical marijuana dispensary have joined a union.
All 40 employees of Canna Clinic’s location at 350 Broadview Ave. are now members of Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union.
Unionized staff members include reception, production, packaging, and retail workers, as well as supervisors.
In the near future, the new union will start negotiating its first a contract at the Riverdale clinic.
“These workers turned to Unifor because they want to build careers in the industry, which is expected to grow rapidly with legalization next year and are seeking help for fair working conditions,” said Unifor’s Organizing Director John Aman in a May 17 release, noting safety and staff training are the key concerns for workers at Canna – Broadview.
Jerry Dias, Unifor’s national president, said workers have the right to organize regardless of the status of an industry and Canna’s decision to form a union is “an important step forward in the modern workplace.”
“With Unifor, these workers will have one of the strongest and most innovative Canadian unions in their corner to help win fair wages and better health and safety provisions,” he said in the release.