Victoria, B.C. – August 22, 2023 – Workers at the Trees Cannabis Alpha Street location in Victoria recently voted to join the BC Budtenders’ Union, part of UFCW Local 1518.
This endeavour was led by dedicated budtender Kyra Ball who has only worked at Trees Cannabis for less than a year. Kyra played a pivotal role in orchestrating the unionization of the third Victoria Trees location.
Ball’s efforts were inspired by the fact that the two other Trees Cannabis locations in Victoria were already unionized, giving her the courage to begin the organizing process. Reading through the Trees Collective Agreement on the UFCW 1518 website also allowed her to gain insights into the provisions and benefits workers at her location could have.
Ball now looks forward to having union representation and negotiating their first contract, hoping to secure access to fair hours and better coverage for sick days.
The Alpha St. Location team voted unanimously in favour of joining UFCW 1518 on Thursday, August 10, showing their strong solidarity.
To read more about the organizing victory at Trees Cannabis, click here.
UFCW Local 1518 represents more than 26,000 members working in the community health, hospitality, retail, cannabis, industrial, and professional sectors across British Columbia. To read more about UFCW 1518 and its outstanding work, visit the Local Union’s website.
If you are a cannabis worker and would like to know more about the BC Budtenders’ Union, visit their homepage here at ufcw1518.com/cannabis.
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