Oregon Marijuana Campaign Canvassers Go On Strike

Nigel Duara, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A small contingent of canvassers for one of Oregon’s two marijuana-legalization measures has announced a strike in protest of paychecks that were either late or bounced.

A dozen people held a short protest Tuesday morning outside the offices of the Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp.

As they did so, seven canvassers newly hired as their replacements walked out of the office.

The striking canvassers say they have been effectively fired, and will seek arbitration from the National Labor Relations Board.

Campaign spokesman Leo Townsell says the strikers asked for free marijuana and other demands the campaign could not accommodate.

Townsell acknowledged that paychecks were late, but says employees were awarded about $200 each for the delay.

Townsell says seven of the 35 canvassers joined the strike.

 

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