The Union Negotiating Committee met again with the Employer on July 20th, 2021. This was our first meeting since the members voted down their last, best, and final offer on June 24th. This time, the Union Committee was joined by Jeff Ferro, head of the UFCW International Cannabis Division, and TJ Lauritsen, UFCW International retiree and Cannabis consultant.
Vireo - Green Goods (Minnesota Medical Solutions) Negotiations
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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.
Union Members working at Vireo Health's retail Green Goods locations and at their grow and production facility in Otsego unanimously voted to reject their employer's "last best and final offer."
The Union has provided the employer with a ten-day notice (as required for health care facilities) and filed unfair labor practice charges with the NLRB. Workers are preparing to picket starting Monday, June 27, 2021, unless the employer notifies the Union that they are willing to continue to negotiate and work to reach an agreement that the Union members can support.
The Union Bargaining Committee members working for Minnesota’s largest cannabis employer Vireo (Formerly Minnesota Medical Solutions, now operating as Green Goods) unanimously recommended rejecting the last, best and final offer from their employer. The Union has maintained that the employer’s wage proposal is unjust. Workers who were hired with the expectation that there were annual wage progressions are seeing those taken from them. Workers are being frozen at their current levels; progressions and step increases are eliminated.
The Union met with the Employer on Friday April 30, 2021 with the hope of getting an agreement prior to experation of the current contract which was extended through the end of April, but no agreement had been reached and we remain quite far apart. The parties agreed and are using the services of FMCS (federal mediation) in an attempt to bridge the gap.