United Food and Commercial Workers – Colorado's Largest Union – Endorses Amendment 64 Because It Will Create Jobs and Bolster State and Local Economies

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United Food and Commercial Workers – Colorado's Largest Union – Endorses Amendment 64 Because It Will Create Jobs and Bolster State and Local Economies

Regional chapter of nation's oldest building and construction trades union and other statewide organizations dedicated to job creation and economic growth  – Colorado Progressive Coalition, ProgressNow Colorado, and New Era Colorado – join UFCW Local 7 in endorsing initiative to establish new regulated marijuana industry

Statement from UFCW Local 7 president Kim Cordova below

OCTOBER 15, 2012 – DENVER – Colorado's largest union, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 7, has endorsed Amendment 64, citing the job creation and positive economic impact that will accompany the establishment of a new industry of regulated marijuana production and sales in the state. The UFCW Local 7 represents 25,000 members in Colorado and Wyoming, including workers in healthcare facilities, supermarkets, packing houses, and food processing plants, as well as barbers, and cosmetologists.

Joining the UFCW in endorsing the initiative are the regional chapter of the nation's oldest building and construction trades union, the Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association (OPCMIA) Local 577, and other statewide organizations dedicated to job creation and economic growth, including the Colorado Progressive Coalition, ProgressNow Colorado, and New Era Colorado.

Statement from Kim Cordova, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 7:

"Amendment 64 will foster economic growth and enhance public safety for our members across Colorado. Removing marijuana from the underground market and regulating it similarly to alcohol will create living-wage jobs and bolster our state and local economies with tens of millions of dollars in new tax revenue and savings. By taking marijuana off the streets and putting it in retail stores, we can stop steering money toward gangs and drug cartels, and start directing it toward legitimate, job-producing Colorado businesses."

Statement from Betty Aldworth, advocacy director of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol:

"We are proud to have the support of our state's largest union and these statewide organizations committed to improving our economy and creating living-wage jobs in Colorado. We don't understand why some of our political and existing business leaders want to keep marijuana in the underground market, where sales are not taxed and the profits benefit criminal enterprises instead of legal businesses. If Amendment 64 passes, businesses and workers win, and drug cartels and criminals lose."

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