Employees at New Jersey’s Valley Wellness Medical Marijuana Dispensary Welcome Spring by Voting to Unionize With UFCW
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WEST BERLIN, N.J. ~ Workers at Valley Wellness in Raritan, NJ have voted to unionize as members of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 360. Valley Wellness is noted for its knowledgeable staff and welcoming environment, which are key drivers of customer satisfaction and the company's success.

Hugh Giordano, UFCW Local 360's director of organizing, commented on the decision: "Valley Wellness, and its owner Sarah Trent, have already proven to be a great addition to the growing New Jersey cannabis community. We're looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with what is one of the first stand-alone dispensary operators in the state, a company that provides a refreshing alternative to the large number of Multi-State Operators here."

NJ Cannabis Certified, owned by Trent, was recently named NJ Cannabis Insider's 2022 Woman-owned Business of the Year. Giordano added that "Sarah and her team clearly recognize the roll professional employees play in driving long-term success. So, it was a real vote of confidence in the future of both the company and the industry when those same professional employees carefully considered, and then selected, the career-supporting benefits that come with joining Local 360."

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Valley Wellness employees now join UFCW Local 360 members from New Jersey's young marijuana economy. The highest scoring 2019 applicant for a medical dispensary license, Valley Wellness recently announced its intention to pursue a conversion license allowing expansion beyond medical marijuana into adult-use.

Sam Ferraino Jr., UFCW Local 360 president commented on this development: "It is a very positive development. After a blockbuster 2022, this year is continuing the trend of votes in favor of unionizing. This vote is not just in support of unions organizing; it's in the power of unions to positively impact businesses, families and communities while maintaining high operating standards powered by a diverse and skilled workforce."

UFCW is recognized as a leader in organizing cannabis industry employees and is officially designated as an AFL-CIO cannabis labor union. Representing tens of thousands of cannabis workers across dispensaries, labs, delivery services, manufacturing facilities and more; UFCW works with employees and business owners to achieve their shared goal for regulated cannabis industry that provides family-sustaining jobs with an emphasis on social equity.
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