In July of 2022 workers at the O’Fallon Bloom Medicinals location voted to unionize.

The worker vote made Bloom the second dispensary in the state at the time to vote to unionize. In the nearly six months since the vote the dispensary leadership and representatives of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 655, the union organization behind the campaigns at the bulk of Missouri’s dispensary facilities, have not come to an agreement on a contract.

On Monday, dispensary workers at Bloom Medicinals staged the state’s first strike in the cannabis industry. Workers at the O’Fallon dispensary staged a walkout then gathered outside with signs and picketed the lot of the facility.

Sean Shannon speaks to a crowd including dispensary employees outside of Bloom Medicinals

On Sunday, UFCW Local 655 posted an announcement of the walkout on social media.

“We’re kicking off the New Year with a worker walkout! Union cannabis workers at Bloom Medicinals in O’Fallon are walking off the job for a one day strike on Monday to protest unfair workplace policies and demand that Bloom bargain a union contract. The walkout is at 11am – come by any time on Monday to show your support. We’ll be there all day at Bloom Medicinals at 6700 Highway N, St. Charles, MO 63304,” the post read.

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