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Workers in medical cannabis industry choose UFCW Local 5

Cannabis Workers Vote "Union Yes,” Oakaterdam Workers Have Joined United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 5; Oakland business, labor, faith communities to form new coalition.

Oakland City Council Member Rebecca Kaplan will join medical cannabis workers at a news conference Friday to announce that employees of Oakland’s medical cannabis industry have voted to join the Retail, Statewide Agriculture, Food Processing and Community Patient Care Union, UFCW Local 5.

Independent card check verifications recently performed at Oakland medical cannabis facilities certified the UFCW Local 5 union recognition for these pioneering medical cannabis industry workers. Statewide worksite locations include:

  • Oaksterdam University (Oakland, LA & Sebastopol Campuses)
  • The Patient ID Center (OCBC, Oakland)
  • The Blue Sky Coffee Shop (Oakland)
  • The Bulldog Café (Oakland)
  • The Oaksterdam Gift Shop (Oakland)
  • AMCD, Inc (aka Old Oaksterdam, Oakland)

Elections are also being verified at iGrow, a first-of-its-kind big box growing supplier and Agri-Med, a first-of-its-kind urban greenhouse facility.

Council Member Kaplan, along with Oakland business, labor and faith leaders will also announce a new coalition that is beginning to coalesce in Oakland dedicated to recognizing and protecting the rights of both medical cannabis patients and the dedicated professionals that serve them.

WHO: Oakland City Council Member Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland cannabis leaders and employees, UFCW Local 5 representatives

WHAT: News conference announcing cannabis workers vote to join UFCW Local 5, formation of new cannabis patient and employee rights coalition

WHEN: Friday, May 28, 2010, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Oaksterdam University Auditorium, 1600 Broadway, Oakland, CA

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