Local 727 Fights for Passage of New Pharmacy Work Rules in Chicago

| March 15, 2017

An ordinance was recently introduced by Ald. Edward Burke that mirrors the language of House Bill 2392, which calls for new pharmacy work rules. Teamsters Local 727 is determined to see that the ordinance gets a fair hearing in the Chicago City Council.

“We’re pleased that Alderman Burke has proposed this ordinance for deliberation,” said John Coli Jr., President of Teamsters Local 727. “It’s important that the council understands how pharmacists’ current work situation is putting them and the general public at real risk. Just as we’re doing at the State level, we are going to fight hard for this ordinance’s passage.”

For those not familiar with House Bill 2392 or who want a refresher, here is what it contains:

• Limits on prescriptions filled per hour not to exceed 10 prescriptions
• At least 10 pharmacy technician hours per 100 prescriptions
• Require pharmacists to report dispensing errors
• Require mandatory staffing levels at Illinois pharmacies that include one pharmacy tech per pharmacist at all times
• Prohibit pharmacists from working no more than eight hours per day
• Place a general prohibition on activities such as advertising or solicitation mandates that distract pharmacists from doing their job serving the public
• Mandatory pharmacist paid rest breaks and meal periods
• Language added to incorporate “whistleblower protection.”

We want to hear your story. Please click on the following link and tell us how your work environment is harming your job performance and/or ability to serve the public most effectively.

The union will continue to update pharmacy members as this bill progresses. Anyone with questions should contact Local 727 Osco Business Representative Zach Frankenbach at (847) 696-7500 or [email protected], or Local 727 CVS Bargaining Representative Melissa Senatore at (847) 696-7500 or [email protected].

Category: CVS, Osco, PHARMACY, Union News

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