New England Treatment Access said on Friday that workers at its Brookline dispensary voted 30-9 not to unionize despite months of efforts on behalf of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445.
The vote comes a few weeks after UFCW said that 60 cultivation workers in Franklin signed cards to join a union, a process specific to the state’s agricultural workforce. The NLRB is in the process of validating the signed cards from workers. NETA’s manufacturing staff in Franklin have yet to vote on whether to unionize.
The union said it will appeal the Brookline decision.
Over the past two months, a slew of federal complaints have been filed by UFCW Local 1445 alleging that employees have been fired or threatened over collective-bargaining efforts at two marijuana facilities owned by NETA.
In a statement, NETA denied all of the complaints against it. “We support everyone’s right to join or not join a union, but because NETA already offers progressive wages and benefits, as well as a collaborative work environment, we don’t think a union is needed,” NETA said in a statement. “We are in the middle of a union-organizing campaign and union tactics such as filing complaints are not uncommon.”
NETA said of the Brookline vote that while there are a dozen contested ballots, they aren’t enough to change the outcome of the vote.
“We are pleased with the results and we want to thank our team for the decision that’s been made. NETA strives every day to support our employees with a collaborative work environment and progressive wages and benefits,” said Amanda Rositano, president of NETA, in a statement.
UFCW Local 1445 first filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board in March to hold an election for Brookline’s 146 employees.
NETA and the union have battled over