Representatives from the UFCW described the process as open and collaborative and noted Verano NJ’s commitment. The company currently has a license to grow and process medical cannabis in New Jersey and employs approximately 80 people. The company recently held a series of job fairs in the community to increase its workforce.
“Everyone wins when there is a mutually respectful union and business relationship,” said Hugh Giordano, Local 152 representative. “This agreement expands our commitment to employees in this exciting emerging industry and will help Verano NJ achieve its goals in one way that will benefit host communities. “
UFCW Local 152 is a leader in regional efforts to partner with employees and business owners in the regulated cannabis industry.
“At the national level, UFCW represents the interests of thousands of cannabis workers,” added John Powers, Local 360 representative. “We have helped sign labor peace agreements and collective agreements that improve working conditions, enable the industry to gain support and legitimacy, and meet the high demands of consumers. This decision by Verano NJ employees recognizes the positive impact unions have had on employees, their families and the places where they work and live. “
UFCW Local 360 has a task force dedicated to organizing employees in the cannabis industry.