Medical Marijuana Legislation Approved in Albany
This week, New York became the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana. The legislation contains a labor harmony component,designed ensure that good, quality jobs will be created for New Yorkers. Strongly supported by Local 338 RWDSU, the labor harmony component promotes healthy, respectful relationships between workers and employers, and helps workers by creating a clear path for them to choose if they want to join a union.
Local 338 RWDSU worked closely with elected officials and community allies to make sure that future workers would have a voice on the job to become a part of a union.
“This is great news for the thousands of New Yorkers suffering needlessly with pain from severe medical conditions. Local 338 is proud to stand with patients and advocates to work towards the success in helping bring relief to those in need,” said Joe Fontano, Assistant to the President at Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW. “While this is a real victory for the patients it’s also a victory for working New Yorkers. The labor harmony section of this bill will ensure that the jobs created by this new industry will be sustainable jobs with good wages and benefits.”