CVS management continues to demand that pharmacists work longer days while cutting their weekly hours.
“Like we have been saying all along, this contract is about quality of life issues,” said John Coli Jr., President of Teamsters Local 727.
During negotiations Monday, the Teamsters Local 727 Bargaining Committee carefully went through each possible scenario of total store hours to create reasonable, workable scheduling solutions. The union’s proposal preserves workdays and re-institutes pharmacists’ overlap, which, in turn, helps ensure public safety.
The company brushed off the union’s proposal, instead calling for mandatory 14-hour workdays with no assurances for overlap.
“Forcing pharmacists to work unreasonably long shifts without adequate support is not safe. It’s not in the best interest of the pharmacists or the public at large,” Coli said.
Through six negotiation meetings, the majority of non-economic issues remain open and economic issues such as wages and benefits have not yet been discussed.
CVS also is still insisting on removing pharmacy managers from the bargaining unit.
Negotiations are scheduled to resume at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 3. The current three-year contract expires May 7, 2016.
If you have questions, contact your Local 727 business representative, Melissa Senatore, at (847) 696-7500 or [email protected].