Shangri-La will have to reinstate five employees and pay severance to another five.
Missouri marijuana shop Shangri-La has agreed to a $145,000 settlement with a labor union that represents 10 workers fired earlier this year, allegedly in retaliation for attempting to unionize.
The deal between Point Management – the registered name of Shangri-La – and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 655 calls for the reinstatement of five terminated employees and severance pay for five others who chose not to return to the store, according to a statement from the National Labor Relations Board.
The deal follows a picket line at the shop in May when several employees walked in protest in front of Shangri-La. That followed an organizing drive in March, which was the root cause of several employees being terminated, according to the NLRB release, though Shangri-La owners denied earlier this year that any employees were fired for attempting to unionize.
The UFCW filed 15 unfair labor practice complaints with the NLRB, a move that is becoming increasingly more common in the cannabis industry during business-labor disputes. That ultimately led to the settlement just days before a scheduled trial at the end of October.
Under the NLRB-approved