Union Immediately Quashes Attempted Unilateral Change by CVS

| October 30, 2018

Earlier this month, Teamsters Local 727 learned that CVS was attempting to unilaterally implement a new “Two-Step Verification Process” which would require pharmacists to verify prescriptions both before and after a pharmacy technician filled it.  Such a procedure was not only a massive drain on the already limited time pharmacists have to complete CVS’s ever-growing list of superfluous tasks, but it was also implemented by CVS without first bargaining with the Union.

Local 727 jumped into action immediately upon learning of CVS’s change and demanded the Company cease the implementation of the new procedure or face a new Unfair Labor Practice charge.  The Union also reminded CVS that the Company is obligated under the law to maintain the status quo while negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement are ongoing.

In less than a week, Local 727 succeeded in halting the new procedure.  CVS stated yesterday that “Two-Step Verification Process” is no longer occurring in Union stores.

“Because our pharmacist members had the courage to speak up, Local 727 was able to spring into action and stopped CVS dead in its tracks,” said John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727.  “By standing together, our pharmacists have showed CVS they will not tolerate corporate bullying.”

Local 727 would like to thank all pharmacists who came forward and reported this issue to the Union.  If CVS attempts to make any further unilateral changes, please inform 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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