B.C.-based budtenders become first cannabis workers to join UFCW union
Clarity Cannabis budtenders in British Columbia are the first cannabis workers at a private, legal dispensary to unionize in Canada,
“According to the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. The union’s Local 1518 said the move will help to address some concerns raised by the retail workers including fair wages, safety and security on the job, and education opportunities.”
While Clearly Cannabis was able to unionize, other cannabis companies such as Tilray have seen their workers attempt to form a union. A vote conducted by Tilray employees in Nanaimo, B.C. to unionize in October has yet to be disclosed.
Westleaf sheds staff to save $1.4M in costs, plans corporate re-brand
B.C.-based cannabis producer and retailer Westleaf announced several corporate changes on Tuesday, including a name change and some employee terminations. Westleaf said it will lay off 11 positions in a move to save $1.4 million, while slashing the number of its retail locations to 11 from 22 to reduce lease obligations and other costs. Westleaf also said it modified the construction of its cultivation facility, which it now expects to be completed this April. The company will now be known as Decibel Cannabis Company as of March 2 following a series of internal transactions, while also launching a number of new strains and a pre-roll product.
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