Cannabis Workers at Cresco Labs Facility Join Union
Workers at Cresco Labs in Joliet, one of the largest cannabis companies operating
in Illinois, voted in an election, conducted by the National Labor Relations Board, to be represented
by Local 881 United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). The overwhelming majority of the
employees made history by becoming the first cannabis workers to win an election in Illinois and
will join with the 34,000 other Local 881 members across the state.
This election is precedent-setting for the entire Illinois cannabis industry. The vote comes two weeks into the legalization of cannabis in Illinois.
A statement from the United Food and Commercial Workers reads, “The Cresco workers are sending a message that the cannabis industry lives up to the promises it made to the communities when it lobbied for their support. The intent of the Illinois recreational legislation was clear; to have good, well-paying Union jobs in the industry. With a Union contract. cannabis jobs can be family and community supporting careers with good wages, pensions, healthcare coverage, and dignity in the workplace.”