California makes it easier for cannabis workers to unionize
California governor Gavin Newsom signed a law last Friday that could be good news for workers in the cannabis industry. The new law creates a “labor peace agreement” as soon as a cannabis-related business has 20 or more employees, essentially making it so that workers can join a union (and so employers can avoid strikes before things get too bad). There was already a rule in place that required businesses of a certain size to have these peace agreements, but the new rule puts a 60-day deadline on the action.
We’ve already seen that unions are very interested in gaining a foothold in the cannabis industry, and the industry is a good fit for unions anyway — many cannabis workers are coming from the illicit market, where benefits or even steady pay aren’t necessarily guaranteed, and unions also help ensure that the industry being as good to its workers as possible. Some dispensaries have already unionized on their own, but this bill will help make sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.