Growing Cannabis industry proves you can’t grow without going Union

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August 15, 2023

As the retail Cannabis industry continually grows, so does the number of Cannabis workers seeking Union representation, and our Union is proud to represent a growing number of these workers as well.

Between June 19 – 20, 2023, workers at Canna Cabana in Innisfil, Ontario, voted Union Yes and are the fifth cannabis retail location organized and represented by UFCW Locals 175 & 633.

Workers in the Cannabis industry want better for themselves and their industry. Budtenders are an integral part of any retail Cannabis business; they are the frontline contacts for customers and have a wealth of knowledge and expertise about the products they sell.

“Every worker, regardless of industry, deserves to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect, and cannabis retail workers are no exception to that,” said Local 175 President Shawn Haggerty. “Our Local Union was the first in Ontario to organize, certify, and successfully negotiate a collective agreement in the retail cannabis industry. That agreement put workers first and achieved guarantees for full-time workers as well as industry-leading wages and other benefits.” Read more about that 2021 agreement here.

Fifteen workers at the Innisfil location were excited to join us as members of UFCW Locals 175 & 633 so they can start enjoying the benefits and representation that workers at other Canna Cabana locations have. These new members look forward to negotiating a strong collective agreement with the help of our team of seasoned Union advocates. Priorities for their first agreement as Union members include increased job security, enhanced Health & Safety protocols, better wages and benefits, and protections from harassment and favouritism in the workplace.

We look forward to helping these members and welcome them into our Union family.

Congratulations to our newest Union members from Canna Cabana in Innisfil Ontario.

Are you ready to find out more and want to talk to one of our Organizers? Send them an email at or give them a call at 1-800-565-8329. All your conversations with our Organizers are confidential.

Want to find out more about joining UFCW Local 175? See some of the benefits of voting Union Yes!