Two roads for cannabis processing workers under broader legalization
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|Low road||High road|
|Lack of unionization leads to stagnant or declining wages, fewer benefits, and lower job quality.||Unions help workers secure fair compensation and higher job quality. LPAs encourage strong union density, allowing unionized segment to set norms and standards for the industry.|
|Outsourcing to staffing firms grows, further undermining worker bargaining power, diminishing wages, and complicating enforcement of wage, hour, and safety regulations.||Vocational training and apprenticeship programs for skilled processing roles offer middle-class opportunity to workers without college degrees, and formerly incarcerated individuals.|
|Unions contracts standardize equitable pay practices and include diversity-promoting hiring provisions that help erase racial- and gender-based pay and employment gaps.|
|Cannabis processing workers in the high-road scenario could make, on average, an estimated $8,690 more in annual wages than under the low-road scenario.|