Four dispensaries in Illinois have agreed to unionize, and workers at one in Sauget will soon decide if they want to join the ranks
SAUGET, Ill. — Cannabis workers in the St. Louis Metro East area say it’s time to unionize. They’re fighting for better working conditions, more job opportunities, and a commitment to improve local communities.
Ian Spaeth is a cannabis worker at the dispensary Beyond Hello in Sauget, Illinois. The dispensary is owned by Jushi Holdings and operates 17 stores across the country, including four in Illinois. Spaeth has worked in the cannabis industry for about ten years and is also one of the more vocal employees that wants to unionize.
“I absolutely love my job,” said Spaeth. “I personally really like Jushi. I love seeing them grow, and I hope that they decide to let us grow with them.”
Moises Zavala is the Director of Organizing for Local 881, the United Food and Commercial Workers union. It represents a wide array of workers from food service to retail, and it’s the only one taking on cannabis. He said cannabis workers tend to love the work, the service they provide, and