Employees of a Weed Street dispensary slammed their “corporate overlords” on Wednesday for allegedly pushing back against their unionization push — though it’s unclear who’s currently running the pot shop in Goose Island.
During a news conference Wednesday outside Windy City Cannabis, 923 W. Weed St., two workers said they’re organizing to fight for better wages and bonuses, added job security and considerations to keep workers safe amid the pandemic.
“We’re in the middle of a terrible recession and workers are always the people who are going to face the brunt of it,” Jake Lytle, a product specialist, told reporters. “So we need to make sure that we can keep ourselves protected.”
Lytle and the shop’s other employees will soon vote on whether to join the United Food and Commercial Union’s Local 881, which already includes employees from Cresco Labs’ Sunnyside dispensary in Lake View. Ballots are expected to go out Thursday and the union election should wrap up next month.
Workers at Windy City Cannabis held a news conference Wednesday as they push to unionize. Tom Schuba/Sun-Times
But as the dispensary workers attempt to organize, product specialist Melina Gutierrez said a critical question