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Subject Workers unionize at Potomac Holistics Cannabis Dispensary
Date December 2, 2022 10:47 AM
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Workers unionize at Potomac Holistics Cannabis Dispensary

Labor On The Move: IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson to retire, Secretary-Treasurer Kenneth Cooper named new president

"16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence" campaign gets underway

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Workers unionize at Potomac Holistics Cannabis Dispensary

Workers at Potomac Holistics Medical Dispensary in Rockville, Md. yesterday announced plans to unionize with UFCW Local 400. "Every single eligible worker at the store signed union authorization cards in support of the effort," reports Local 400. The group filed for a union election through the National Labor Relations Board Thursday morning in the event that management fails to voluntarily recognize the union. The staff at Potomac Holistics are joined by other cannabis dispensaries in the region that have recently unionized. In August, workers at [link removed] Zen Leaf in Germantown, Md. unionized with Local 400 and are currently negotiating their first collective bargaining agreement. In 2020, workers at MaryMed, LLC in Hurlock, Md., became the first workplace in the state's cannabis industry to [link removed] reach an agreement on a union contract. That same year, workers at DC Holistic Wellness became the [link removed] first dispensary in the nation's capital to unionize. [link removed] Read more here.

Labor On The Move: IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson to retire, Secretary-Treasurer Kenneth Cooper named new president

Electrical Workers (IBEW) International President Lonnie Stephenson (above left) is retiring, effective Jan. 4, bringing an end to a nearly five-decade active career in the union. During his tenure as international president, Stephenson helped the IBEW's organizing efforts reach new heights as membership grew yearly. He deepened the IBEW's commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity, stewarding the IBEW Strong program to bring more people of color and women into the union. "President Stephenson leaves behind a great legacy. [link removed] We are a bigger, stronger and more diverse union than we were seven years ago," said IBEW International Secretary-Treasurer Kenneth Cooper (right), the union's incoming president. "I am committed to building on that legacy as we work to fulfill our fundamental mission: `to organize every worker in the electrical industry.'"

"16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence" campaign gets underway

As the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign gets underway, women trade unionists worldwide are building on their momentum to end sexual harassment and gender violence at the workplace. In the Republic of Georgia, for instance, Raisa Liparteliani, deputy chairperson of the Georgia Trade Union Confederation, says the union's work strengthening national anti-discrimination clauses and more clearly defining sexual harassment in the country's labor code is moving the government to ratify Convention 190, the international treaty to end GBVH at work. [link removed] Read more at Solidarity Center.

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"It's going to be like having a strike without having a strike."

Kindlon, an electrician who works at a rail yard near Albany, N.Y., is the head of his local union. "I'm telling you now, as soon as Congress decides to jam this contract down the BMWED and BLET and SMART guys' throats, you will see a mass exodus like no mass exodus from any industry ever," he [link removed] told The New York Times, alluding to some of the unions involved.

Weekend Labor History

This week's Labor History Today podcast: [link removed] Pins & Needles' mass appeal. Last week's show: [link removed] Finnish North American working class women and music in the early 20th Century.

December 3

General strike begins in Oakland, Calif., started by female department store clerks (photo above) - 1946

December 4
UAW President Walter Reuther elected president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations - 1951

December 5

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney welcomes the collapse of World Trade Organization talks in Seattle, declaring "No deal is better than a bad deal" - 1999

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