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California Cannabis Delivery Drivers Reach Deal, Avoiding a 4/20 Strike

The agreement with Eaze guarantees better pay.

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United Food and Commercial Workers Union

UFCW cannabis delivery drivers and depot staff at 11 Eaze cannabis locations across California have reached a tentative agreement with cannabis-delivery company Eaze, averting a strike ahead of the 4/20 holiday. This tentative agreement, reached by a bargaining committee made up of Eaze employees represented by UFCW locals 5, 135, 324, and 770, comes after nine months of intense negotiations and preparations for an unprecedented state-wide strike. 

The bargaining committee unanimously recommended that their coworkers ratify the agreement, which guarantees better pay, a fair process for reimbursement of the costs of operating their vehicles, hours of work, and a multitude of enforceable rights and protections on the job. Workers are expected to vote on ratification later this week.

The tentative agreement represents a significant win for workers, who have fought relentlessly since August 2023 to secure a fair and equitable agreement.

“We are thrilled to have achieved such meaningful victories through our collective strength and solidarity,” said Ron Swallow, a delivery driver out of Eaze Van Nuys, and part of the UFCW Local 770 negotiating committee. “This contract will not only improve the lives of Eaze employees but sets a powerful precedent for labor rights within the cannabis industry as a whole.”

“As a member of the bargaining committee we bargained hard for this contract, and we feel good about the progress made from where we begin. We felt we needed to reject the company’s initial offer, and an overwhelming majority of Eaze members agreed, which brought the company back to the table,” said Giovanna Sanchez-Esquival, a driver at Element 7 in South San Francisco. “We are proud that as workers we stayed united and were able to reach the best deal possible, which gives every Eaze worker a raise, a path to a transparent and equitable reimbursement for their mileage and won the largest statewide contract of its kind for cannabis delivery.”

This tentative agreement marks a pivotal moment for cannabis workers in California, reaffirming their ability and power to negotiate for fair treatment and just compensation.

UFCW Locals 5, 135, 324, and 770 represent nearly 600 Eaze/Stachs workers, and the UFCW as a whole represents over 6,000 cannabis workers throughout California. UFCW Local 135 represents approximately 50 workers at one Eaze depot in San Diego County.