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California Medical Marijuana Growers Join Teamsters Union

OAKLAND, Calif. — As organized labor faces declining membership, one
of the country’s most storied unions is looking to a new growth industry: Marijuana.

Associated Press Writer

Published: Monday, Sep. 20, 2010 – 1:11 am
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 20, 2010 – 1:36 am




The Teamsters added nearly 40 new members earlier this month by
organizing the country’s first group of unionized marijuana growers.
Such an arrangement is likely only possible in California, which has
the nation’s loosest medical marijuana laws.

But it’s still unclear how the Teamsters will safeguard the rights of
members who do work that’s considered a federal crime.

"I didn’t have this planned out when I became a Teamster 34 years
ago, to organize marijuana workers," said Lou Marchetti, who acted as
a liaison between the growers and Oakland-based Teamsters Local 70.
"This is a whole new ballgame."

The new members work as gardeners, trimmers and cloners for Marjyn
Investments LLC, an Oakland business that contracts with medical
marijuana patients to grow their pot for them.

Their newly negotiated two-year contract provides them with a
pension, paid vacation and health insurance. Their current wages of
$18 per hour will increase to $25.75 an hour within 15 months,
according to the union.

Historically, the Teamsters are no strangers to entanglements with
federal law enforcement, from the infiltration of the union by
organized crime to the disappearance of union leader Jimmy Hoffa. If
the federal government decided to crack down on Marjyn, Marchetti
said the union was still figuring out how it might intervene.

Growing marijuana outdoors is not hard – the nickname "weed" is
well-earned. Indoor growing operations require more know-how and more
work. But the most labor-intensive part of the process comes at
harvest time, when growers rely on small armies of trimmers to clip
the plant’s resin-rich buds.

The work can be difficult and the hours long – and trimmers cannot
count on federal labor regulations to protect them while doing work
banned under federal law.

Michael Leong, assistant regional director for the Oakland office of
the National Labor Relations Board, said he did not know of any case
in which the federal government had been asked to mediate a dispute
involving a business that was blatantly illegal under federal law.

He also said it wasn’t clear if the new Teamsters would count as
farmworkers, which would put them outside the NLRB’s domain.

Michael Lee, general counsel for the California Agricultural Labor
Relations Board, said the growers probably would qualify as
agricultural workers. Any conflict between workers and the union
would likely fall under his board’s jurisdiction, but contract
disputes between workers and management would have to be decided in
state court.

Even within the state, marijuana cultivation has remained in the
shadows as retail dispensaries have flourished because California’s
medical marijuana law provides no clear rules for growing the plant.

The Oakland City Council sought to change that dynamic in July by
making the city the nation’s first to authorize industrial pot
cultivation. More than 260 potential applicants have expressed
interest in competing later this year for four permits for
large-scale growing operations, said Arturo Sanchez, an assistant to
the Oakland city administrator who will ultimately issue the permits.

Union membership will not be a requirement for receiving a permit,
but labor standards are one of many factors that will be considered.
The union organizing effort and contract negotiations went smoothly
at Marjyn, which hopes to win one of the permits.

"There was no strife between employees and management at all," said a
Marjyn worker who would only identify himself as Rudy L. because he
worried about his personal security if it became known that he grew
marijuana for a living. He said he was not worried about getting
arrested because he believed Marjyn was operating in compliance with
state law, though the threat of a federal crackdown is never far from
anyone’s mind.

About 100 workers in Oakland’s retail medical marijuana dispensaries
joined the United Food and Commercial Workers in May. The Teamsters
have never tried to organize dispensary workers, because retail has
never been an industry in which they have been traditionally
involved, Marchetti said.

The Teamsters have long vied with the United Farm Workers and other
unions to represent agricultural workers. So far, no other unions
have competed with the Teamsters for the membership of medical
marijuana growers.

Marchetti said the union would not have gotten involved with the
growers if it didn’t believe the business was legitimate under state

"The Teamsters would never organize an illegal business," Marchetti said.



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