Cannabis unionization is gaining momentum nationwide. The trend goes hand in hand with the maturing of the industry where large corporations seem to be taking over. While big players are often criticized for their unfair treatment of employees, small businesses can also veer off track.
One such business is Point Management, a company behind Missouri marijuana shop Shangri-La that recently reached a settlement agreement of $145,000 with a labor union to resolve 15 charges of unfair labor practices. Shangri-La has been scrutinized for unjustly terminating 10 employees, who were allegedly fired in response to their efforts to form a union earlier this year.
The National Labor Relations Board approved the deal between Point Management and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 655 under which five employees who were terminated would be rehired.
According to the NLRB, dozens of unfair labor practice allegations at Shangri-La South in Columbia, Missouri were set to go to trial at the end of October.
“Shangri-La agreed to offer reinstatement to five employees and to pay more than $145,000 which includes backpay, front pay, interest, and compensation for direct or foreseeable pecuniary …