L.A. Marijuana Shop Owners Really Want Their Workers To Join Unions
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L.A. Marijuana Shop Owners Really Want Their Workers To Join Unions

Dispensary owners have grown increasingly anxious that their businesses may soon be shut down and have turned to the United Food and Commercial Workers union as an ally in seeking to protect the jobs they offer and as an advocate at City Hall.

Brennan Thicke has struggled for years to keep his Los Angeles business open. Several months ago, he called a staff meeting to discuss what he thinks might be his last, best hope: starting an employee union.

“I told them, ‘Here’s the deal: This is an opportunity for you to save your jobs,’” Thicke recalled.

Employers typically fight worker attempts to unionize. But Thicke’s business is not typical. Thicke sells marijuana.

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