Change of Heart

sf weeklyA California business owner changed his mind after initially supporting unionization by the UFCW.

“I support the right of workers to organize, but I don’t like the kind of backroom sweetheart deals I’ve seen cooked up between some of the unions and the employers in the cannabis industry,” says Stephen DeAngelo, founder and CEO of Harborside Health Center in Oakland.

At Harborside, workers listened to a union pitch — and voted against joining, DeAngelo tells SF Weekly. “I like even less the idea that a union would try to accomplish legislatively something they couldn’t get workers to directly approve,” he adds. “My CIO-labor-organizer grandfather would be rolling over in his grave at the sight of it.”