Newest members of the Teamsters: Union Local 420?

Posted on September 21, 2010

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Just when you thought things couldn’t get any crazier, this story appeared in the Washington Times yesterday:

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

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

It’s still not clear how the Teamsters will safeguard the rights of members whose work is considered a federal crime.

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.

A 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.

 Unions are so desperate to add to their declining rolls that they’re now enrolling workers in an industry that isn’t even legal in the eyes of the federal government.   What’s next?  Perhaps a union for illegal immigrants? No wait, sorry, I forgot, there’s already a union for them.

Posted in: California, Unions