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Illinois Cannabis Workers Unionize Claiming Unfair Labor Practices

4 complaints have been filed in 2 weeks against GTI by the teamsters union

Workers at Green Thumb Industries have formed a union in response to what they call unfair labor practices, including unlawful intimidation, harassment and retaliation at the company’s Rock Island facility.

Now several aldermen are asking the city to reconsider its support for companies that receive city tax breaks while violating the law.

GTI employees stormed Monday night’s Rock Island City Council meeting to detail their issues at GTI’s cultivation center in the city, as they say the company has not recognized their union. 

“For months, my coworkers and I listened to complaining from managers, supervisors and coworkers about losing benefits, having promised raises unfulfilled and a general lack of organization, and that’s when we decided to form a union,” he said.

“We ran a clean campaign and we did everything that we were supposed to. We had majority status and we asked for recognition from GTI on Oct. 10, but GTI refused to even get back to us, despite having multiple notices sent to them.”

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