Wages and benefits, things like that, are obviously extremely important. I hope jobs in the marijuana industry can be jobs that can support a family and allow you to buy a home. But I think unions have potential beyond just influencing workplace conditions — unions can create politically active individuals.
“We’re in the middle of a terrible recession and workers are always the people who are going to face the brunt of it,” Jake Lytle, a product specialist, told reporters.
Workers at a Lakeview weed dispensary owned by the state’s largest cannabis operator became the first in the state to unionize this week.
In a historic first for Illinois, workers at the Sunnyside cannabis dispensary in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood have voted overwhelmingly to unionize.
Across corners of the labor market traditionally without unions, the coronavirus is spurring new interest in organizing for safer workplaces and better pay as the nation embarks on a long economic recovery.