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UCFW Unionization Efforts at Perfect Union Set Trend

APRIL 27, 2021

Perfect Union, a vertically integrated operator and parent company of OSCC, with dispensaries in California, New Mexico and Rhode Island, began paying all employees an additional $2.50 per hour on March 16, 2020—at the onset of COVID-19 and while negotiations were still taking place with UFCW. The bonus pay extended to more than 200 employees, including those working in cultivation, distribution, manufacturing and retail.

“Taking care of our employees is one of our highest priorities,” Perfect Union CEO David Spradlin said in a Local 328 release. “We are pleased to be partnering with the UFCW Local 328 and helping to set a standard for workers in Rhode Island’s cannabis industry. Our partnership ensures our employees will be treated fairly and equitably, allowing us to better serve the community around us.”

The two parties agreed to a labor peace agreement in late 2019, which committed them to open, transparent dialogue throughout the negotiation process, Marvin said. A labor peace agreement is an arrangement between a union and an employer under which one or both sides agree to waive certain rights under federal law with regard to union organization and related activity. Such an agreement is more likely to lead to unionization of a workplace, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The finalized contract guarantees a living wage, comprehensive benefits, opportunities for career advancement and safe working conditions for OSCC employees, according to a Local 328 press release.

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