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STRONG SUPPORTERS: Autumn Guillotte, left, organizer at the Rhode Island AFL-CIO; David Molina-Hernandez, organizer at Fueza El Laboral; and Kristy Eiland, volunteer, show their support for Starbucks Corp. employees at a Warwick store off Route 2 to form a union prior to the employees’ vote in early June.
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS


Rank and file revival: New kind of labor movement hits R.I.

Starbucks customers swinging through the drive-thru on a June morning in Warwick were greeted by something many weren’t expecting: a group of baristas and...
KEEPING TRACK: Spencer Blier, right, founder and CEO of licensed marijuana cultivator Mammoth Inc. in Warwick, watches as Rob Cornell harvests some of the product. Blier says banking and tax accounting are made more difficult because federal law prohibits the cannabis industry. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

For cannabis industry, bookkeeping not easy

Stories of cannabis business owners carrying around backpacks filled with cash while doing business are symbolic of an industry saddled with the challenges that...
SUPPORT GROUP: Cranston Democrat Sen. Joshua Miller, left, and Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey, right, introduced legislation last spring to legalize recreational marijuana, with the backing of Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center. It passed the Senate but died in the House. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PLANTING THE SEED: Stakes are high as R.I. officials lay groundwork...

It’s really no longer a matter of “if” recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Rhode Island. Now it’s more a question of...
GREENLEAF COMPASSIONATE CARE CENTER employees voted, 21 to 1, to join United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 328, on April 6. / COURTESY UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS UNION LOCAL 328

As R.I. cannabis industry grows, so does unionization

As the cannabis industry is poised to expand in Rhode Island, the move to unionize its workers is gaining momentum. The latest example: Workers at...
GREENLEAF COMPASSIONATE CARE CENTER employees voted overwhelmingly to unionize and join United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 328. / COURTESY UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS UNION LOCAL 328

Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center employees to unionize

PORTSMOUTH – The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 328 announced late Monday that the employees at Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center voted overwhelmingly to...
TED GRILLO, left, and Matthew Baryshyan are two cultivation workers at the Ocean State Cultivation Center in Warwick. The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 328 and Ocean State Cultivation Management jointly announced Tuesday that they have agreed to a contract that will make the cultivation center the state’s first unionized cannabis business./COURTESY OCEAN STATE CULTIVATION CENTER

With agreement, Ocean State Cultivation Center becomes R.I.’s first unionized cannabis...

PROVIDENCE – The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 328 and Ocean State Cultivation Management jointly announced Tuesday that they have agreed to a...

Union gets toehold in R.I.’s marijuana industry

THE NASCENT CANNABIS INDUSTRY in Rhode Island is expanding quickly and attracting the attention of a national union best known for organizing supermarket workers. The...
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