June 2 2022,

THE BIG IDEA

Hi all,

Let’s get to it:

  • Pacific Stone is latest to leave Herbl
  • Shryne Group hit by labor suit

And lots more,

Alex

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SHRYNE GROUP HIT BY LABOR SUIT

This winter vertically integrated Shryne Group signed a collective bargaining agreement with more than 1,200 retail workers organized under the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union. At the time a union official said the benefits and pay could make it a “model contract” for the industry. 

A lawsuit filed in May paints a different picture of working for the company. Former Shryne cultivation technician Juan Perez alleges that the company didn’t pay him for all hours worked, didn’t provide itemized wage statements, and didn’t reimburse him for expenses during his 16 days on the job. 

Perez’s time at Shryne came before the labor agreement, though as a non-retail worker, he wouldn’t have been included in it.  

  • A Shryne spokesperson didn’t respond to a request for comment.

More Shryne:

Last Thursday WeedWeek reported on a draft deal between Shryne and a social equity partner that outside lawyers called lopsided in the company’s favor. That evening Shryne and the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) hosted an LA fundraiser for California Attorney General and industry ally Rob Bonta.

  • Neither Bonta’s office nor CCIA responded to requests for comment on the story.  

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