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Feds Say Cannabis Employees are ‘Agricultural Laborers,’ May Unionize Under State Law

Feds Say Cannabis Employees are ‘Agricultural Laborers,’ May Unionize Under State Law

The Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for Region 1 – which covers most of New England – has found that the majority of employees at a cannabis cultivation and processing facility are “agricultural laborers” under the federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and, therefore, not subject to federal labor laws related to unionizing, according to a JD Supra report.

The decision allows labor unions to organize workers under Massachusetts law rather than federal law. Under Massachusetts law, union recognition uses a simple card check. Agricultural workers are exempt from federal labor laws but some states – including Massachusetts – cover farmworkers, while other states deny unionization rights altogether to such employees.

Feds Say Cannabis Employees are ‘Agricultural Laborers,’ May Unionize Under State Law






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