Unions, facing shrinking membership rolls, legislative limits to collective bargaining agreements and national backlash over rising pension costs, have found an emerging business to tap: Marijuana.
The nation’s largest retail union, the United Food and Commercial Workers union, or UFCW, touts a sticker on the glass door of one of Los Angeles’ medical marijuana dispensary, Reuters reports. The facility staffs only union employees; the UFCW is in union talks with 49 other pot shops in the city, Reuters said.
But when it comes to the marijuana industry, the union doesn’t simply unionize — it lobbies. UFCW has led efforts to bring pro-pot legislation to 17 states and the District of Columbia, Reuters reports. Once the shops are legal, UFCW then swoops to unionize the workers, according to the Reuters report.