Workers at Canna Clinic in Toronto voted to join Unifor May 17, making them what is believed to be the first for medical marijuana workers in Canada to unionize, said the union.
"This is a fast-growing industry, and with the advent of legalization, it is important that the workers have a voice and representation as the sector evolves over the coming years," said Jerry Dias, Unifor president.
In all, 40 employees at the clinic's Broadview Avenue location are now members of Unifor. The union will now begin to negotiate a first contract at the clinic, said Unifor.
Safety and staff training are among the main concerns for the workers, according to John Aman, Unifor organizing director. "These workers turned to Unifor because they want to build careers in the industry, which is expected to grow rapidly with legalization next year and are seeking help for fair working conditions."
Canna has four other clinics in Toronto, as well as clinics in Vancouver. The newly unionized staff includes reception, production and packaging and retail staff, as well as supervisors, said the union.
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