Rhode Island Cannabis Workers Strike After Bosses Fire Union Organizer
CANNABIS CULTURE – Union for 11,000 Rhode Island and Massachusetts Workers Calls for Greenleaf CEO to Immediately Reinstate Fired Employee, Cease Retaliation Against Company’s Unionized Cannabis Workers in Portsmouth.
PORTSMOUTH, RI – Today, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 328, the union for 11,000 Rhode Island and Massachusetts workers, announced a one-day strike was held on Saturday, June 26, by the recently unionized cannabis workers at Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center to protest the CEO Seth Bock’s illegal retaliatory firing of an employee this week who is part of the worker committee at the company negotiating the first union contract for employees.
Greenleaf CEO Bock terminated the employee without due process and without just cause. The employees at Greenleaf voted unanimously to authorize the strike, demonstrating their solidarity in calling for the reinstatement of their co-worker and their commitment to ending the pattern of retaliatory behavior by their CEO.
UFCW Local 328 Greenleaf Cannabis Workers joint statement:
“We want to first recognize our patients and thank them for the support we have received throughout this process of unionizing. We understand that this action may have disrupted some people’s ability to purchase their medicine, which is something we take very seriously. As workers, we strive to provide the highest quality