Supporting Medical Marijuana

Unionizing The Cannabis Industry

Governor Andrew Cuomo signing Compassionate Care Act.

Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW is proud to represent the men and women of Vireo Health NY and PharmaCann who are employed in various aspects of the cannabis industry and are located across New York State. We are also currently in the process of negotiating a contract on behalf of the workers at MedMen. These strong collective bargaining agreements provide our members with guaranteed wage increases, paid time off, quality healthcare benefits for workers and their families, access to retirement savings and on on-the-job training, amongst other invaluable workplace protections

Prior to the passage of the Compassionate Care Act in 2014, representatives from Local 338 have met with industry leaders, scientists, advocates and workers from across the cannabis industry to become better educated on the needs and issues of the industry and its workforce. In addition to representing workers in the cannabis industry, Local 338 represents approximately 13,000 workers at retail drug stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, specialty food stores, bakeries, dairies, and several other food processing/production industries. Our knowledge of these industries combined with our work on the crafting of the Compassionate Care Act has positioned Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW as the perfect working partner with New York’s cannabis companies.

Beginning in 2008, our International Union, the UFCW began organizing workers employed in the cannabis industry in States where the use of marijuana has been legalized. Today, the UFCW Cannabis Workers Division represents several thousand members working in the adult use and medical cannabis industries. Local 338 is a local of the Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union (RWDSU), a Council of the UFCW. Local 338 worked closely with the RWDSU, UFCW, Cannabis Workers Rising and the New York State AFL-CIO to successfully complete the organizing efforts of the medical cannabis industry in New York State, first at Vireo Health NY and then at PharmaCann and MedMen.

For the last several years, Local 338 has not only partnered with the patients, advocates and elected officials to help pass the Compassionate Care Act, but has also been working with the industry around the nation. Through the UFCW International Union, representatives from Local 338 have been meeting with industry leaders, scientists and workers from across the cannabis industry to become better educated on the needs and issues of the industry and its workforce. While Local 338 represents the workers in various industries, we understand the need to work together with our industry employers to lobby for additional laws and regulations that help them grow and prosper, while also ensuring better security and working conditions for the workers we represent.
John Durso and Andrew Cuomo
Local 338 members working at Vireo Health NY
We look forward to a long future working with our members employed in New York's cannabis industry and enhancing these workers' rights to develop the safest and most efficient industry possible to benefit both patients, caregivers and working people alike. 

Announcing a Special Union Discount at Vireo Health NY
Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW has exciting news on a new discount that is available to all of our eligible members and retirees!
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Congratulations to Our Members at Vireo Health New York!
These hard working men and women are the first in New York's medical cannabis industry to ratify a union contract!

Local 338 Attends Historic Signing of the Compassionate Care Act
The Compassionate Care Act legalizes medical marijuana for thousands of patients in need. 

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