Teamsters Local 727 Notifies Top CVS Executives of CVS Negotiators’ Unwillingness to Reach a Deal

| June 18, 2018

Union Demands Fair Treatment and Good Faith Bargaining for Pharmacists

Earlier this month, Teamsters Local 727 Secretary-Treasurer John Coli, Jr., wrote letters to 25 executives at CVS detailing the disrespectful and upsetting manner in which local Company representatives and CVS’s chief negotiator have handled ongoing negotiations with the Union.

“It has been over two years since contract negotiations began, and the Company has used every delay tactic in the book while seeking to limit wages, force longer work hours to already overworked pharmacists and remove PICS from the bargaining unit by replacing them with non-union managers,” wrote Secretary-Treasurer Coli.  “It seems that CVS has no interest in being fair or reasonable.”

CVS management has dragged its feet throughout negotiations, ignoring requests for meeting dates, rejecting proposed meeting dates, refusing to discuss and explain outstanding proposals, or produce a last, best, and final offer.  Coli requested CVS’s top leaders reach out to the negotiators and instruct them to cease wasting time and money on unrealistic proposals and come prepared to reach a fair contract when the Parties meet this week.

“These are not the actions of a corporation committed to its workforce, its investors, or the public,” Coli stated in his letter.  “CVS should be eager to invest in their workers and improve working conditions for the employees whose hard work keeps customers coming back.”

The Union will continue to demand a fair collective bargaining agreement for its pharmacy members.  “These hardworking pharmacists deserve a respectable contract.  We won’t stop fighting until they get one,” said Coli.

Teamsters Local 727 will inform pharmacists of all updates following the June 21, 2018 bargaining session.

If you have questions, contact Local 727 Business Representative Melissa Senatore 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.



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