Booming cannabis industry leads more budtenders to vote Union YES!

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June 15, 2023

On May 22 & 23, 2023, Budtenders at Canna Cabana Queen East in Toronto voted in favour of joining UFCW Local 175.

Canna Cabana budtenders vote Union Yes, join UFCW 175This brings the total number of Cannabis retail locations where UFCW Local 175 members work to four.

The Budtenders had numerous concerns dealing with everything from favouritism, lack of job security and hour cuts, to health & safety concerns and struggles with wages.

“Customers rely on Budtenders for information and their expertise about the products at the dispensary. Without them, the industry would not be growing so quickly,” said President Shawn Haggerty.

“They have the skills and product familiarity to promote customer loyalty. They are a major resource for these employers and should be paid and treated as such. UFCW Local 175 is here to change the way Budtenders are treated in the industry. They deserve better job security, wages, benefits, and health and safety rights.”

Budtenders at Canna Cabana Queen East look forward to securing these protections through collective bargaining and making true change in their workplace and industry.

Congratulations to our new members!

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