Article by Toronto CityNews
In a year of firsts, Quebec’s provincially owned cannabis shops have their first strike mandate from a group of unionized workers.
The 21 unionized employees at the store in Montreal’s Rosemont-Petite-Patrie neighbourhood voted unanimously in favour of giving union leadership a mandate for a general and unlimited strike.
Wages are at the heart of the labour dispute — the starting wage at the stores are $14 an hour.
A representative of the United Food and Commercial Workers-Quebec, which represents the workers, says the job is not like others in Canadian retail — they sell a unique product and have an obligation to ensure the health and safety of their clientele.