Former employees at St. Louis cannabis dispensary claim they were fired for unionizing – Riverfront Times

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From left, Joanna Njama and Em Holmead stand outside Root 66 on South Grand Boulevard after employees voted to form a union.

Em Holmead loved working in the medicinal cannabis industry. As someone who uses cannabis for her own chronic pain and anxiety, Holmead enjoyed helping patients find similar comfort as a cannabis advisor at Root 66 Dispensary off South Grand Boulevard.

Yet, after working there for several months, Holmead felt employees deserved more than what they earned, for their long hours, low wages and scant benefits. So, in January, Holmead, who uses they/them pronouns, helped start a campaign to unionize at Root 66.

The effort became successful earlier this month, after all eight workers involved chose United Food and Commercial

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