Teamsters local to lead efforts to organize Illinois cannabis workers

Teamsters Local 777 in Lyons. Photo credit Teamsters Local 777

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Teamsters union says a local based in the western suburbs has been granted exclusive jurisdiction to organize cannabis workers in Illinois.

Teamsters Joint Council 25 and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters said Teamsters Local 777 in Lyons will lead efforts to unionize employees at Illinois cannabis dispensaries and growing facilities.

"We will be dedicating significant resources to organizing cannabis workers in Illinois and fighting to get them strong contracts," Sean M. O'Brien, Teamsters General President, said in a news release Friday.

"The Teamsters will be leading the fight to legalize and unionize this industry, both at the state level and nationwide.”

Local 777 already represents hundreds of cannabis workers and has secured its first cannabis labor agreement, President Jim Glimco said.

Union officials said the organizing effort is timely because of the burgeoning legal-pot industry, which is comprised of “increasingly large, multi-state firms.”

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