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Have a Heart, UFCW 21 Forge Washington State's First Adult-Use Cannabis Union Contract


Collective bargaining agreement commits retailer to quality jobs and
benefits, and respecting workers' voices

a Heart
and the UFCW 21 today signed Washington state's first
collective bargaining agreement between the union and an adult-use
cannabis retailer.

"This relationship is quite unusual, in a very positive sense," said
Todd Crosby, UFCW 21 President. "It's rare for an employer and their
employees to reach a first contract so quickly and one that is so
promising for current and future employees. These partnerships
strengthen individuals, families and communities – and lead to superior
service for customers."

Ryan Kunkel, CEO of Have a Heart, said his company is proud that its
agreements with UFCW 21 emphasize equal pay and fair treatment in the
workplace regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation,
disability or cultural background.

"At Have a Heart, we believe in ‘doing good,'" Kunkel said. "We
consistently strive to have a positive impact in the neighborhoods where
we do business, and we see our partnership with UFCW 21 as part of our
commitment to creating a safe and empowering workplace."

Under this agreement, 134 current – and countless future – Have a Heart
employees will receive above-average compensation for the industry,
comprehensive health and welfare coverage and other benefits, including
trainings, mentoring programs and staff-development opportunities. As a
fast-growing part of Washington's burgeoning cannabis industry, Have a
Heart expects to generate even more family-wage jobs, along with other
economic and health advantages.

Last year, the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)
found that more than 10,000 people were employed by legal cannabis
businesses in 2016, and legal cannabis businesses paid almost $300
million in wages during the industry's first two and a half years.

About Have a Heart

Have a Heart was founded in Seattle in 2011. Its growing recreational
and medical marijuana retail operation includes five stores in
Washington and one in Hawaii, and it has plans to expand nationally.

About UFCW 21

UFCW 21 represents 46,000 workers across Washington in grocery stores,
retail, health care, and other industries and is a chartered local in
UFCW International that represents 1.3 million hard-working people
throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. UFCW 21's mission
is building a powerful union that fights for economic, political and
social justice in our workplaces and in our communities.

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