Major Illinois Based Cannabis Production Facility To Vote On Unionizing

Will other cannabis employees follow the lead of Cresco Labs

Count organized labor among those who see opportunity in the recreational weed business.  

About 100 of the 130 workers at a Cresco Labs cultivation facility in Joliet are eligible to vote tomorrow on whether to join the United Food & Commercial Workers union.

It’s the second time a union has tried to organize workers at a cannabis company since lawmakers voted to make Illinois the 11th state to allow recreational use of marijuana. An election last month by the Teamsters to organize workers at a Rock Island cultivation center run by Green Thumb Industries narrowly failed, 26-30.

Weed is estimated to become a $2 billion to $3 billion industry in Illinois, with up to 65,000 jobs at cannabis companies themselves, as well as ancillary businesses. Lawmakers made sure labor would be part of it, by including “labor peace” agreements as a criteria for awarding new licenses.

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