Utah’s first medical cannabis dispensary is now also the first dispensary with a unionized workforce.
Dragonfly Wellness Cannabis Dispensary employees last week voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 99. Thirty of the dispensary’s roughly 36 employees, including wellness associations, drivers, pharmacists, and inventory specialists, are now represented by UFCW.
“We know that we bring value to the company,” said Barry Follmer, a wellness associate and union organizer. “We feel our compensation, benefits, our PTO … should reflect that. We bring a lot of knowledge, experience, care and kindness to this profession.”
Dragonfly employees started organizing in July, they said, and moved quickly once they connected with UFCW. They filed for an election in August and voted Wednesday.
Follmer said there was already a prevailing feeling among staff that they “need to make a change, … needed to come together and do something to take back our rights at work.”
He and other workers said that, despite efforts from Dragonfly management to dissuade them — Dragonfly hired Crossroads Group, according to UFCW, which workers understood to be a “renowned” union-busting firm — employees stuck together and voted 19-4 in favor of unionizing.
Utah has a “right-to-work” law, meaning a business cannot