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UFCW Wins $75,000 Settlement In California Cannabis Workers’ Pay Dispute

Under terms of the settlement, all three companies contributed to a $75,000 payout

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) is claiming victory in a lengthy dispute with three California companies over employee wages at two cannabis shops that changed ownership hands multiple times in 2020.

California’s Local 5 of the UFCW said it reached a settlement with Have a Heart, Harvest Health & Recreation and High Times Holding. Each company at one point owned the two shops in question.

Under terms of the settlement, all three companies contributed to a $75,000 payout to employees at two Have a Heart shops – located in Oakland and Santa Cruz – to cover backpay the workers were due through their union contracts, according to the release.

The UFCW said it reached an understanding with Have a Heart in January 2020, but soon thereafter, the Seattle-based company sold the two shops to Harvest, which then sold the shops to High Times.

The union contract, which Have a Heart had agreed to, was initially rejected by both Arizona-based Harvest and California-headquartered High Times, according to the UFCW.

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