SECTION 1. Section 1 of chapter 94G of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following 2 definitions:-
"Labor peace agreement", an agreement between a cannabis establishment and a labor organization that protects the parties' interests by, at minimum, allowing union agents to inform and communicate with cannabis employees about their labor rights including, but not limited to, the right to form a union without interference from the employer in exchange for prohibiting the labor organization from engaging in picketing, work stoppages or boycotts against the cannabis establishment. The labor peace agreement shall contain a clause that the parties agree that final and binding arbitration shall be the exclusive remedy for a violation of the agreement.
"Labor organization", as defined in 29 U.S.C. 152 (5); provided further that a labor organization shall: (1) elect officers by a secret ballot or otherwise in a manner consistent with federal law; (2) not receive improper assistance or support from an employer and be free of domination or interference by an employer; and (3) actively seek to represent cannabis workers.
SECTION 2. Subsection (b) of section 5 of said chapter 94G, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting the following paragraph:-
(5) the prospective marijuana establishment has submitted an attestation that the applicant shall not interfere with union agents informing and communicating with cannabis employees about their labor rights including, but not limited to, the right to form a union without interference from the employer; provided however, that this requirement may be satisfied by the submission of an attestation, signed by both the applicant and a labor organization, stating that the applicant has entered into, and will maintain and abide by the terms of, a labor peace agreement. A violation of a labor peace agreement or a failure to submit an attestation may result in suspension, revocation, or denial of such license.
SECTION 3. Subsection (b) of section 6 of said chapter 94G, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-
As part of a marijuana establishment’s renewal application, a marijuana establishment shall submit an attestation stating that the marijuana establishment has not interfered, and will not interfere, with its employees’ ability to form and maintain a union, including the ability for union agents to inform and communicate with employees about their labor rights including, but not limited to, the right to form a union without interference from the employer; provided however, that this requirement may be satisfied by the submission of an attestation signed by the license holder and a labor organization stating that the license holder has entered into, maintained, and abided by the terms of a labor peace agreement. A violation of a labor peace agreement or a failure to submit an attestation may result in the denial of the renewal of a license.
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