Labor Counsel

  • Job Reference: 425341372-2
  • Date Posted: 17 November 2021
  • Recruiter: Green Thumb Industries (GTI)
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Legal
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

The Role

Green Thumb has added a newly-created role for a Labor Counsel to join our Legal team and support our ongoing expansion nationwide. The role requires at least three years of traditional labor law experience in-house and/or at a law firm. You do not need prior cannabis industry experience to apply, but you must be passionate about your personal impact in this new and fast-paced industry.

You should possess a proactive approach to counseling and training on employee engagement and labor issues as well as relevant experience creating and implementing labor and employee relations strategies. Partnering with the Green Thumb People Team, Legal Team, and our external labor counsel, you will be responsible for furthering our growth objectives while navigating business and legal risks through problem-solving.

This role can be based in our Chicago, Illinois headquarters or can be performed remotely with occasional travel to the headquarters. In either case, the role could require travel up to 50% of your time to visit our operations in 14 or more states.


* Establish and maintain effective relationships with industry labor organizations
* Partner with and assist the Legal, People, and Employee Relations Teams in the development and implementation of Green Thumb's labor and employee relations strategies
* Provide on-site training on topics of employee engagement and employee relations
* Participate in the development of legally sound policies and programs in all areas of labor law
* Educate People Team, operating business managers and others on changes in labor-related laws, trends, and cases or litigation which may affect the workplace through written materials or training seminars
* Support and lead other initiatives/projects such as policy modification, workforce trends, best practices, etc. as needed
* Investigate and address grievances brought by unions and guilds, requiring risk assessment skills in the context of ongoing operations
* Handle and document charges or petitions filed under the National Labor Relations Act or the Company's responses thereto
* Provide guidance and oversight on adherence to neutrality agreements
* If applicable, oversee recognition elections and card checks, assist with negotiation, implementation and administration of collective bargaining agreements and any grievance process thereunder


* Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school
* Must be admitted to a state bar and in good standing
* 3+ years of labor law expertise within a law firm or in-house
* Strong academic credentials and solid work ethic
* Stellar analytical skills and strong verbal and written communication skills
* Broad background providing solid and collaborative advice and counsel to human resources and operating business managers in labor-related matters
* Broad background in handling traditional labor law matters, including collective bargaining negotiations, grievance handling, arbitrations, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board
* Up-to-date knowledge of labor issues and case law particularly as they relate to the cannabis industry
* Team player who is proactive, a self-starter, and ready to roll up their sleeves and dig into the work
* Strategic, detail oriented and self-motivated to provide high quality and timely work product in a fast-paced, complex, and highly regulated environment
* Ability to maintain professional demeanor and focus on objectives in confrontational negotiations
* Commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards; personal and professional integrity beyond reproach; unquestioned discretion in maintaining confidentiality
* Technologically savvy
* Must understand and comply with the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of Green Thumb
* Must have or be willing to quickly develop a solid understanding of the state (or federal) cannabis laws, rules and regulations and passion to further their understanding and knowledge of the industry and the laws

Additional Requirements

* Must pass any and all required background checks
* Must be and remain compliant with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry
* Must possess valid driver's license
* Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
* Must be approved by state badging agency to work in cannabis industry
* Note: Green Thumb will be operating in accordance with the Biden Administration's Path Out of the Pandemic. The plan requires employees of all businesses with 100 or more employees to be fully vaccinated or require weekly testing for unvaccinated employees by January 4, 2022.