Boston Ascend Dispensary Workers Join Teamsters, First in New England – International Brotherhood of Teamsters

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(BOSTON) – Workers at Ascend in Boston voted overwhelming this week to join Teamsters Local 25, becoming the first cannabis dispensary in New England to organize with the union. 

Dispensary associates at the facility voted by mail-in ballot, with election certification Aug. 23. The win marks a major victory in the Teamsters’ continued effort to raise wages and benefits in the cannabis industry across the country. 

“This is a huge win for workers at Ascend and for the labor movement in New England,” said Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien. “Right now, the cannabis industry is one of the most lucrative industries out there, with companies pocketing billions of dollars. Cannabis workers in Boston and across the nation deserve fair wages, to be treated with respect, and to have a voice on the job.” 

Local 25 President Tom Mari echoed O’Brien’s call for dignity on the job at Ascend. The win in Boston is the latest victory for the Teamsters amid of wave cannabis workers organizing with the 1.2-million-member union. 

“The Teamsters are the strongest and most well-positioned union to protect cannabis workers, in Boston and beyond,” Mari said.

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