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GTI Workers Choose Teamsters Local 371

(ROCK ISLAND, Ill.) – Employees at Green Thumb Industries in Rock Island, Ill. filed for an election on Friday, Nov. 22 with the National Labor Relations Board.

Workers have been at odds with management at GTI, stating a loss in benefits and pay, among other ongoing issues. Workers, seeking representation by Teamsters Local 371, state that in a burgeoning industry they want to make sure they’re protected and have a voice on the job, which is pivotal as the recreational market expands in Illinois.

The cannabis sector continues to expand, and the decriminalization and legalization of recreational marijuana seems poised to become a significant issue in the 2020 presidential race. Still, there are a number of challenges facing the people whose labor fuels this budding industry. Big investors and smaller-scale cannabis operators come from two different worlds, and as the industry collectively works to find its footing in a rapidly changing social and legal framework, some employees run the risk of being left behind.

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