CVS Again Wastes Time in Latest Round of Negotiation

| July 27, 2017

The Teamsters Local 727 Bargaining Committee and CVS management continued negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Just like the last meeting between the two parties, the Union wasted no time in expressing its willingness to reach a deal. CVS, however, again delayed nearly all day in responding to the Union’s information requests, with management ending negotiations early despite the Union’s willingness to extend the talks for as long as necessary to reach an agreement.

This bargaining session was the first the parties have had since their last meeting on May 23.

After having months to prepare proposals, CVS began negotiations with nothing more than resubmitting and discussing two prior proposals it already presented to the Union. CVS is proposing to eliminate and replace Team Leaders with non-bargaining unit pharmacy managers who would, according to CVS, be on-sight and able to issue discipline to pharmacists.

When the Union requested information relating to these two CVS proposals, CVS waited until 4:07 p.m. to provide it to the Union, leaving the Union little to no time to respond. CVS appears to have intended, like last time, to run out the clock and accomplish nothing.

“Once again, CVS wasted everyone’s time with their delay tactics,” said John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727. “CVS’s inaction will not deter the Union. We stand firm on our proposals and remain committed to the needs and best interests of our members.”

The Union is waiting to hear back from CVS regarding its availability to meet in the future for negotiations.

If you have questions, contact your Local 727 business representative, Melissa Senatore, at (847) 696-7500 or [email protected].


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