“We have to know that we have a seat at the table,” Faure said.
Jack Haddox, director of dispensary operations for Swade, said in a statement that the company “will not stand in the way of unionization efforts” and said the company is committed to “industry-leading pay and benefits starting on the first day of employment.”
“Swade employees receive an industry-leading starting wage and tips, excellent health care benefits with medical, dental and vision coverage at 100% of the premiums paid for employees and 50% for dependents,” he said in a statement. He said the company offers a 401(k) matching program and flexible scheduling.
Reischman said in November multiple union campaigns were underway among Missouri cannabis workers. He said this election is the first he knows of in Missouri by cannabis workers.
Jack Cardetti, spokesman for the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association, said he wasn’t aware of any other union elections within the industry.
Union elections follow campaigns in which at least 30% of employees demonstrate support, according to the NLRB.
Employees can unionize either through an election or by winning voluntary recognition from their employers.
Reischman said that if Swade’s employees opt to form a union, the UFCW will represent workers in contract negotiations with management.