Marijuana company tried to bust union forming at Hanover dispensary – The Patriot Ledger   Recently updated !


HANOVER — A national marijuana company with a medical dispensary in Hanover broke the law when three of its top executives tried to hamper unionization efforts at the local dispensary, authorities say.

Curaleaf violated labor laws when its employees began to successfully unionize its Hanover medical marijuana dispensary, Administrative Law Judge Ira Sandron said in a decision issued earlier this month.

According to Curaleaf’s website, the company, based in Wakefield, operates 101 dispensaries, 22 cultivation sites and 30 processing sites in 23 states. The company employs more than 4,000 people.

More:Read Judge Ira Sandron’s decision in the National Labor Relation Board case against Curaleaf

While the company broke the law, the punishment is simple, Sandron said. It can’t engage in union busting activities again and must post a legal notice for 60 days that says employees are legally allowed to form unions.

The Hanover employees first voted to unionize on April 9, 2020, the first location in the company to do so.

More:First Curaleaf marijuana store in Massachusetts unionizes, in Hanover

The unionization efforts began in the midst of the pandemic in March 2020. Employees filed for an election in April and voted in May and June, according to a post on the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 328 Union website.

Curaleaf challenged the ballots that were cast, and the National Labor Relation Board threw out six and counted four more ballots. Curaleaf appealed that decision and lost. The final vote was 8-3 in favor of the union, recorded a year later.

After the election, on Oct. 13, 2020, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union filed a complaint against Curaleaf with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that company officials interrogated employees, transferred one employee in retaliation for union support and fired another for supporting the union.

Sandron said in his decision that Massachusetts President Patrik Jonsson, now overseeing the Northeast region; CEO Joseph Lusardi, now the co-chairman of the board; and Human Resources

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