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Cannabis Workers in Missouri Join Local 2

March 7, 2024

Cannabis workers at From the Earth Dispensary in Raytown, Mo., recently joined UFCW Local 2 for a better life. This is first cannabis unit in the Kansas City area to be represented by UFCW Local 2.

The 29 workers joined our union family for the better wages and benefits that come with union membership and are looking forward to negotiating their first union contract.

“I am proud to say that we won our union election with the UFCW,” said Haydn McGrew, who works at From the Earth Dispensary. “We won because we organized. We organized because it’s our right – a right we will now exercise to negotiate our first union contract.”

“Our success is thanks to the dedication of our organizing efforts,” McGrew added. “Together, we represent the spirit of a labor organizing movement sweeping the country. This victory is not just about winning an election; it’s about paving the way for a future where workers’ value and their voices are respected and protected.”

“The reason I wanted to unionize is for job security and to make sure, as employees, our voices can be heard,” said Edward Garvin Jr, who also works at From the Earth Dispensary. “The industry is so new that it opens a lot of options for exploitation. Having a strong union contract helps prevent employers from taking advantage of the very workers who help make this industry so successful.”

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