CVS Bargaining Update

| July 14, 2017

The Teamsters Local 727 bargaining team and CVS management have scheduled their next meeting for Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

During the last negotiating session on May 23, the federal mediator presented a supposal that would include the following provisions:

  • 2.75% wage increase for pharmacists
  • Retroactivity back to May 5, 2016
  • One-time lump sum ratification bonus of $750 for full-time pharmacists
  • Part-time pharmacists who average 20 or more hours during the 52 weeks prior to May 7, 2017 will receive a $500 ratification bonus
  • Part-time pharmacists who average 19.9 hours or less or during the 52 weeks prior to May 7, 2017 will receive a $250 ratification bonus
  • One week of unbid vacation time to be used in single day increments

While Local 727 thought the mediator’s supposal was fair and was willing to agree to this compromise, CVS rejected the supposal outright and refused to make any movement on the proposals they’ve been pushing since November 2016. Additionally, CVS moved backwards by making a new proposal that would require contract renegotiation if pharmacy legislation is passed during the term of the new agreement.

It also should be noted that the union had previously offered to meet June 12 (a day all parties previously had available for a hearing). Instead of utilizing this date, CVS rejected the date and after waiting nearly a month, only recently contacted the union and agreed to the July 26 meeting date.

“Regardless of the time CVS has wasted between meetings, our commitment to fighting for the provisions pharmacists most want has not wavered,” said John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727.

If you have any questions, please contact your business agent, Melissa Senatore, at (847) 696-7500 or [email protected].


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