SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) – Workers at Orange County’s first licensed medical marijuana dispensary have unanimously decided to unionize.
South Coast Safe Access, which employs up to 22 people in Santa Ana, signed a labor agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 324.READ MORE: Yastrzemski's Bat, Glove Help Giants Hold Off Tigers 4-3
The Orange County Register reported Wednesday that the contract provides employees minimum starting pay of $13.50 an hour, health benefits, vacation and paid pension contributions.READ MORE: Garbage Truck Driver Discovers Body When Depositing Trash At Yolo County Dump
The newspaper says the South Coast Safe Access pact marks the first with a dispensary for the union’s local branch.MORE NEWS: Animal Shelters See Rise of Returned Pets, Citing Affordability Concerns
The dispensary started negotiating with UFCW 324 after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act in October. One of the act’s provisions requires marijuana business owners with 20 or more workers to sign agreements saying they won’t block unionization.