Know Your Rights Concerning Osco’s Recent Pharmacy Store Hour Changes

| September 29, 2017

It is the Union’s understanding that Osco informed pharmacists today that Osco will be changing the operating hours of select pharmacies in the Chicago area. According to Osco, the changes will go into effect Sunday, October 15, 2017, and will affect the following 36 Osco pharmacy locations: Store #3455, 3519, 3426, 2501, 3241, 3059, 3484, 3446, 3422, 3060, 3459, 3310, 3488, 3296, 3474, 3443, 3445, 3344, 3098, 3316, 3473, 3228, 3338, 3451, 3478, 3288, 3428, 3160, 3220, 3165, 3415, 3262, 3185, 3056, 3456, 3470.

Additionally, Osco is eliminating the 24-hour operation in store #3516 and opening store #3405 for 24 hours.

The collective bargaining agreement negotiated by Teamsters Local 727 grants pharmacists certain rights and requires that Osco adhere to certain procedures for pharmacy store hour changes. Those procedures are listed in Article 3.

Staff pharmacist positions within the above 36 stores must be filled in the following order:

1) by VOLUNTEERS within the specific store;

2) Any pharmacist declining the twelve (12) hour shift…may request to be transferred to any open position, including the nearest Staff Pharmacist position from which a volunteer was secured to fill the twelve-hour shift. If, for operational necessity, the Company does not place the pharmacist in that location, the Company will work with the pharmacist, in a good faith attempt to locate a mutually acceptable location;

2)   by volunteers from other stores;

3)   new pharmacists…; and

4)   assignment based on inverse seniority.

Pharmacists agreeing to work in the above 36 stores can be required to work no more than 12 hours in any one day, not to exceed one (1) twelve (12) hour shift in any calendar week. In addition, full-time pharmacists working at stores #3516 and #3405 will be eligible to exercise their rights under Appendix C of the CBA.

Please contact Business Representative Zach Frankenbach ([email protected]) immediately if you have any questions or if you are a pharmacist working in one of the 38 stores and believe that Osco has not followed the CBA. Pharmacists can also click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to send a message to Zach.

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.

Category: Osco, PHARMACY

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