Green Dragon, the retailer recently acquired by delivery app Eaze, told WeedWeek it “vehemently denies any and all allegations of our organization being anti-union,” amid a tense unionization push in its home state of Colorado.
On Monday, local pub Denverite reports, the company fired three grow workers for supporting an employee union:
- “Workers at Green Dragon alleged the growhouse is filled with mold and insects and that the company refuses to provide adequate ventilation. [One of the fired workers] said algae grows on the floor, making it slippery in some spots. The growhouse lacks a break room, and wages are too low, workers said.”
- “They can’t even put in a ventilation system,” [another fired worker] said. “They don’t care. All they care about is how to make the most money as cheaply as possible and not care about their employees or their health or their well being.”
- The third worker called it“ “Greed Dragon.”
The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 picketed the company’s Denver grow house this week.
Green Dragon’s statement to WeedWeek said it “has not and will not retaliate against employees for union activities…[It] has already stipulated to an election and is committed to following the [labor peace agreement] process.” It did not comment specifically on the three fired workers, but they have reportedly been rehired.
The company also disputes that the Denver grow is a “substandard work environment.” It hasn’t had any labor violations or health issues in nearly a decade of operations, the company said.
“We have always been committed to the well-being of our colleagues, customers and communities.”
- I looked up about 15 sizeable industry operators on career site Glass Door. Of them Green Dragon employees had the lowest average rating for their employer, 2.0 out of 5 at press time. While this is an imperfect metric, it suggests unhappy Green Dragon employees aren’t limited to one facility.
Green Dragon executive Ryan Milligan, who apparently oversees the Colorado grow facility, did not respond to Denverite’s requests for comment.
- The company confirmed to WeedWeek that Milligan would serve as the combined MSO’s new VP Cultivation and Production.
- Based in San Francisco, Eaze also operates in Florida and Michigan giving the combined company a presence in the country’s four largest markets.