Two roads for cannabis processing workers under broader legalization

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. 
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