UFCW 655 launches massive cannabis organizing campaign in Eastern Missouri – The Labor Tribune

Wins unanimous union vote at High Profile dispensary

By ED FINKELSTEIN
Publisher Emeritus

Columbia, MO – With a 25-to-0 vote to join United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 by employees at the High Profile cannabis dispensary here, the campaign by Local 655 to bring union wages and benefits to cannabis workers throughout the eastern half of Missouri is well on its way, says Local 655 President David Cook.

Launched just four weeks ago, Local 655’s energetic campaign has already organized four stores with negotiations underway at their first win, Columbia’s Shangri-La dispensary, where the union won more than $145,000 back pay and jobs back for 10 workers who were fired for joining the union. (“UFCW 655 wins historic NLRB fight in cannabis organizing drive” – Labor Tribune Nov. 16, 2023).

“In all my years with the local, I’ve never seen so many workers willing to stand up for their rights in the workplace,” Cook said.

“We look forward to what workers in this industry can accomplish when they stand together in our union for their rights.”

The excitement was evident in the unanimous Dec. 16 vote at High Profile dispensary, “the first time in my career that we’ve won

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