Thus far the cannabis industry has had relatively amicable relations with organized labor, especially in California.

Two recent developments suggest that may be changing:

  • CCIA executive director Lindsay Robinson said the paper was not supposed to be anti-union. “We retract any statements that may have been misleading,” she said in a statement. “This document does not reflect priorities in our legislative platform, nor our guiding policies.”
  • While it’s not yet clear if the fallout will be substantial, Adam Spiker, executive director of industry group Southern California Coalition, called it an “unforced error” by CCIA. “Labor has been a partner with local and state government much longer than regulated cannabis,” he added

Separately, The Daily Beast reports on a group called ProTech Local 33 which calls itself a union but “looks like a front group for bosses.”

Reporter Chris Roberts writes:

  • “Privately, labor officials have suggested … ProTech, is a business-friendly front meant to help companies meet state labor requirements without ever intending to allow workers to organize. Indeed, ProTech appeared to dance very close to the definition of “a company union”—ersatz worker organizations set up by management to crush organizing efforts before they can begin—which have been banned under federal labor law since the 1930s.”
  • “This union has never ever been found guilty of anything,” the group’s head said.

Quick Hit

  1. Business Insider is tallying layoffs — now about 2,000 total — across the industry.