Vireo/Green Goods Agrees to Return to the Bargaining Table - Union Cancels June Picket Event

After notifying the Employer about the rejection of their "last best and final" offer, the Employer -Vireo responded to the Union's request to get back to the table "Vireo made the offer after careful consideration and in earnest.  However, as we have always been, the Vireo team is willing to continue negotiating in good faith with the union team at this point." With the willingness to bargain, the Union cancelled the worksite picket planned for the end of June. While hopeful that the Employer will hear and respond to the members concerns and that an agreement can be reached, the Union keeps the option of future picketing open. "Workers at all locations are united in the goal of getting a good contract for everyone" said President Christensen.  "It is really great to see the workers come together to support one and other." 

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It is important to remember that when medical cannabis became legal in Minnesota, the legislation was written to create good jobs for workers, with legislators specifically working to avoid creating a low paying service industry.  Vireo/Green Goods workers kept the doors open and served patients through the pandemic, keeping up with changing business hours and bringing patients their medicine at the curb through the hot summer and freezing winter. The union helped advocate for the recent legalization of medical flower, which the employer believes will increase profits by as much as 300%.  The workers are asking to keep their wage progressions in place - asking for a very reasonable 2% to their current wage progressions 90 days after flower is enacted.  And workers want to be heard about the ergonomics of the workplace and concerns about changes to job requirements.

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