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Medical marijuana: Cheesecake Lady not buying into the Union just yet

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On October 17, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union announced that it was teaming up to represent employees of the medical marijuana industry in Colorado.

Union organizer Mark Belkin said he'd seen overwhelming support for the move, but his enthusiasm now seems to be a bit premature.

Jessica LeRoux, owner of Twirling Hippy Confections, attended a meeting of MMJ industry members and UFCW reps after the announcement, and she says most of the people there were not in favor of joining the union.

Attendees were given a sample contract with "flashy but unrealistic" offers for employees, she maintains. Then they were told the sample contract was merely a template and the actual terms of any possible union contract were "not up for discussion" at that time -- leaving such matters as health insurance, 401(k) programs, promotions based on seniority, paid leave and numerous other issues still up in the air.

"Nobody yet has a contract, no wages or benefits have been discussed with the MMC owners, and somehow the union considers this a justification for a press release saying the state has overwhelmingly voted to go union?" LeRoux asked in a newsletter. "This may seem like no big deal, but thanks to the way unions work, our industry provides a perfect storm for them, so they can flip the whole industry by going shop to shop and getting a majority of uneducated young ding-dongs to sign these commitment cards based on the great benefits they offer and nobody can afford."

In fact, LeRoux says she knows of workers at five MMCs who've signed those commitment cards, giving the UFCW the right to represent the employees "for the purpose of collective bargaining."

LeRoux isn't alone in staying off the union bandwagon. Bob Hoban, attorney for the Cannabis Business Alliance, says his organization isn't getting behind unionization right now, either; the Colorado industry is still too young for that.

Although Hoban praises the Union for its help in fighting a possible dispensary ban in Ft. Collins, he told Michael Roberts in yesterday's post,: "From the CBA's perspective, telling any small business in this industry to do anything in regard to its labor force at this time is premature, at best."

LeRoux agrees: "I am not saying nobody should ever consider working with the union, or that they aren't helping out in Fort Collins, where help is definitely needed. That's a good thing. But that isn't the same as seeing a contract before you sign away your right to personal representation. "

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana: Petition authors on why they want MMJ limited to DEA-approved pharmacies."


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Crazy Horse
Crazy Horse

unions are like weathermen, public defenders, and researchers...they all say they are their for you, but in reality they are in it for themselves. kill the unions all together is my take, good at one time for this country, but greed has taken over, and unions are not exempt, they are a business first.

seen it firsthand with this group as they are nothing more than a corporation(profit is the bottom line). and playing both sides is their expertise.....see king soopers as one example of how unions are killing this country.

Usmjp Vermont
Usmjp Vermont

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Be Happy
Be Happy

Jessica LeRoux' rants are like watching reality TV. Great entertainment. Keep em coming! She is a bomb throwing Archie Bunker with a Twirling Hippy band name. I would suggest you contact her to get put on her email list. See claims she supports unions in her last Sunday night email ( cant be anti union because I listen to their music ) but she admits she has her own agenda and is going to show them a thing or to, then pivots into you dummy don't talk to them. I'm momma bear. If your with them your a dummy. I will make best choice for you. As a matter of fact I will speak for everybody! Just like classic Bunker - "I'm not racist!" "I have a black friend!" Twirling bomb throwing Hippy. Love it!

Just Saying
Just Saying

You guys should get opinions from people that own companies that are actually going to make it through the MMED inspections. You should be getting quotes from people who own companies that produce edibles that don't expire before you put them on the shelves.

Donatas
Donatas

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Cris Ericson
Cris Ericson

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Cris Ericson
Cris Ericson

Oct. 22 DEADLINE!Please! Hurry & click & sign petition toEND MARIJUANA PROHIBITION at the White House now!http://wh.gov/gP1This is a case sensitive link, upper case capitol P.http://wh.gov/gP1President Obama is allowing Adults and kids age13 & up to sign!This is a case sensitive link, upper case capitol P.http://wh.gov/gP1President Obama is allowing Adults and kids age13 & up to sign!President Obama is allowing Adults and kids age13 & up to sign!This is the 13th MARIJUANA petition and it is anUMBRELLA for all the others for pot, cannabis & hemp."Demand an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to End Marijuana, Marihuana, Cannabis and Hemp PROHIBITION."http://wh.gov/gP1 HURRY, PLEASE HURRY & CLICK & SIGN BEFORE THE DEADLINE ! ! !

Stop
Stop

Waaaaa. Do Jessica's cheesecakes make you sad? Sounds like you have a dispensary that has trouble making sales....Just saying.

William Breathes
William Breathes

well, feel free to suggest some that meet your approval...

Gateway Theory
Gateway Theory

You're joking, right? Those "cheesecakes" are packaged in 7-11 slurpee tops, for chrissakes. Seriously, it isn't a joke. The next time you are in an MMC, check one out...just for don't buy it. Look under the top sticker for the straw hole! There are many other more deserving, less hypocritical edibles companies out there who have done much more to deserve your $$$.

scandal
scandal

Those "cheesecakes" have been on the colorado scene way before any edible company ever stepped foot in colorado.Jessica is and will always be loved in colorado because the people know that she was helping sick people in this state way before any money grubbing investors came along.I don't think there is anyone more deserving then her and her company.Much love jessica.

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