Last week, Local 727 filed a grievance due to Osco’s contract violation and past practices concerning new lab coat uniforms. During negotiations, members expressed concern over the quality and appearance of the lab coats provided by the employer.
Instead of agreeing to provide better uniforms, Osco refused. As a result, the union stepped up to the plate and told Osco that, after contract ratification, the union would find a supplier that would provide better lab coats to the pharmacists.
As it said it would, 727 reached out to management and offered to find another uniform supplier, plus design and even purchase the coats for the pharmacists. Osco management did not object to this arrangement during negotiations, but after the Union followed up to resolve the issue, management changed its mind, saying that the employees can only wear the poor quality uniforms provided by Osco.
“Clearly, Osco’s word was meaningless during negotiations,” said John Coli Jr., President of Teamsters Local 727. “They are unwilling to do something so simple and basic to improve the working conditions of their employees. It’s beyond ridiculous that this is even an issue we have to spend valuable time on.”
The grievance is currently pending Step 1.
“Osco should reconsider our generous offer and resolve this issue immediately,” Coli said. “It would be no cost to management and moreover, new uniforms that are designed according to the pharmacists’ wishes would improve their morale while also enhancing the Osco brand image. It’s a win-win for both sides.”
Members with questions should contact Zach Frankenbach at (847) 696-7500 or [email protected]
Nothing in this article should be read as the union’s waiver of any legal argument, position or additional grievance. The union does not forfeit its right to make any and all supplemental arguments.