Illinois Dispensary Workers Strike When It Hurts The Most

Three RISE Dispensaries had unionized employees walk out on 4/19

Dispensary workers in Illinois are fed up with what they say are low wages and unfair practices committed by a major dispensary chain. 

Members of Teamsters Local 777 members at three RISE Dispensaries in Chicagoland, a subsidiary of Green Thumb Industries, walked off the job on April 19 at 4:20 p.m. CT to launch an open-ended unfair labor practice (ULP) strike. It’s the largest strike of its kind in the state to date, according to an April 19 press release.

“RISE workers are very grateful for the support and kind words they have received from their fellow Teamsters throughout the country, as well as the Illinois cannabis community,” Matt McQuaid, a Teamster representative, told High Times in an email. “We are still on the picket line.”

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