Workers At Oregon Cannabis Operation Walk Out, Say Company Blocking Unionization Efforts

Four workers are reporting to have been fired after trying to initiate a union

A group of workers at a cannabis grow operation in Gresham walked off the job Monday, saying their efforts to form a union are being blocked by their employer.

Workers and officials with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 said the company CBN Holdings has been interfering with organizing efforts involving about 20 employees who work in multiple facets of the operation — from nursery to packaging. Speaking by phone from a demonstration of about 25 people outside the CBN facility, Justin Brown said he was one of four workers who was fired after initiating the process to form a union.

“The timing of it was very suspicious,” Brown said. “It was after we had signed union cards, it was after we had been talking about it. We did have some co-workers talk with at least one of our managers about it.”

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