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Local 338 Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union (RWDSU)/United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), announced that workers at Sunnyside* (operated by Cresco Labs) have ratified their first union contract, which comes just weeks after the passage of the Marijuana Taxation & Regulation Act. The bargaining unit covers approximately forty workers who work across New York at the company’s four retail dispensaries.
“I’ve worked for Sunnyside* for about a year and a half and joining Local 338 is an exciting opportunity for me and my coworkers because it means having access to quality health coverage at no cost to us. However, being a union member means more to me than just the benefits our contract provides. I see it as giving me the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, granting me a long-term career path in the cannabis industry,” said Tyler Curtis, Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW member and Wellness Advisor working at Sunnyside*.
“Our members are dedicated to the patients they serve and provide a significant service to the company they work for. With strong starting salaries for new hires, wage increases for current workers, and no-cost health benefits for workers and their families, this first contract sets a standard for not just careers at Sunnyside*, but also what workers in New York’s cannabis industry deserve and should expect as the industry continues to develop.” said Joseph Fontano, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW.