On Jan. 12 MMJ workers at Minnesota Medical Solutions in South St. Paul (Minn.) ratified a new, three-year union agreement. The workers are represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1189. Minnesota Medical Solutions is a Vireo Company.

It includes:

  • annual wage increases for all employees
  • progression increases
  • additional pay for new lead positions
  • premiums when training new employees
  • an expansion of the current wage scale
  • employer to pay increase in the cost of health insurance
  • employer to pay the full health insurance premium through 2017
  • PTO
  • holiday increases
  • mileage and travel time reimbursements
  • an additional position in the bargaining unit

Union Steward Nathan Noel said, “We are proud and appreciate being able to provide exceptional medical cannabis to our patients in Minnesota.”

President of Local 1189 Jennifer Christensen said, “We were really pleased to be able to recommend this offer to our members. It is a fair settlement that will ensure that the company is able to recruit and retain exceptional workers. This is important not just for our members, but for the medical cannabis patients in Minnesota.

“What is really important is the employer’s commitment to full-time living wage union jobs. Part-time jobs do exist but as business expands and hours become available those jobs are transformed into full-time. Minnesota Medical Solutions is leading the way nationally, and it shows in the quality of products and services that our members provide for the people of Minnesota.”

UFCW Local 1189 represents 10,000 members in retail, healthcare and manufacturing/processing in Minnesota, Western Wisconsin and North Dakota.

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