The Dispensary Workers Ratify First Union Contract!

Cannabis Workers from East Dubuque Vote UNION YES

Congratulations to The Dispensary workers from East Dubuque on winning their first Union contract! The workers rang in the New Year on January 4th, by OVERWHELMINGLY voting to ratify their first Union contract. 

The Dispensary East Dubuque Contract Ratified

“The solidarity of these workers and the dedication of the bargaining committee members has been incredible. We are so proud to welcome The Dispensary East Dubuque workers as Local 881 members,” said Steve Powell, Local 881 President. “Fighting for better wages, good benefits, and improved working conditions is not an easy thing to do. This is a huge victory for these workers and a clear message to the industry that employers need to do better!”

Incredible Gains in The Dispensary (East Dubuque) Contract:

    • Increased Sunday premium pay rate
    • New trainer premium pay rate
    • Increased paid time off
    • New sick time policy for employees who average 20+ hours/week
    • Increased employee discount
    • Controlled healthcare costs
    • New 401(k) plan for ALL employees
    • A strong grievance procedure to dispute discipline and safety issues
    • And much more!

The Contract will cover the over 30 workers from the location and go into effect immediately. Many of whom were employed at the time of their Union Election in August 2022. Negotiating a first Union Contract can be a long battle.

The Dispensary East Dubuque voted for union representation
After the votes were counted, workers from The Dispensary (East Dubuque) celebrated their Union election victory to join Local 881 in August 2022.

For over a decade, Local 881 has been fighting to ensure that the cannabis industry lives up to the promises it made to our communities. Cannabis workers are joining with Local 881 to make meaningful change to the cannabis industry in Illinois. Local 881 has successfully negotiated for wage increases, paid leave, employee discounts, a robust grievance procedure, and stronger contractual protections for cannabis workers.

The growing list of Local 881 ratified Cannabis contracts include: Ascend, Cresco, MedMen, Sunnyside, Windy City Cannabis, and Zen Leaf.

Interested in unionizing? Contact Teresa Ramirez-Gonzalez