Contract Ballots Mailed, Management’s Tuesday Email Omits Key Facts, & Additional Updates from Local 727

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E-mail: Zach@TeamstersLocal727.org

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10.09.19 - This past Friday, October 4, Teamsters Local 727 mailed ballot packets to all Osco pharmacists.  Included in the packet is Osco’s five-year contract offer, a summary sheet, ballot, and stamped return envelope.  If you have not received your ballot by Friday, October 11, contact Local 727 Lead Business Representative Zach Frankenbach IMMEDIATELY at Zach@TeamstersLocal727.org or (847) 696-7500.

Osco Offers Abysmal Economic Package Despite Claims that Company Can Afford to Pay More, Refuses to Budge on Key Issues—Contract Vote to be Held

09.26.19 - For nearly a month, Osco Drug, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Albertsons, has made negligible movement on its initial comprehensive wage proposal, which contained a wage freeze, two-tier wage system, and proposal to raise pharmacists’ health care costs.  When asked directly by the Teamsters Local 727 bargaining committee during the parties’ bargaining session on Monday, September 23, if the Company was unable to afford the Union’s own proposed annual wage raises, Osco denied affordability was an issue and stated that the Company’s top concern was “remaining competitive.”

Osco Offers No Movement on 5-Year Wage Freeze, 2-Tier Wage System, or Floater Schedules in Latest Bargaining Session

 

09.11.19 - On Monday, September 9, the Teamsters Local 727 bargaining committee and representatives of Osco Drug, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Albertsons, reconvened negotiations.  Monday’s bargaining session was the first meeting between the Union and Osco since the parties’ extension agreement expired last week.  Though dedicated Osco pharmacists are now working without a contract, Company representatives showed little interest in resolving the many critical issues which the Union’s outstanding proposals have sought to address. 

Osco Unwilling to Reward Head Pharmacists with Union-Proposed Personal Days, Flatly Rejects Reasonable Scheduling of Floaters, Presses for 5-Year Wage Freeze

 

08.28.19 - Negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement continued between Teamsters Local 727 and Osco Drug, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Albertsons, on Monday, August 19 and Wednesday, August 21.  While the Union bargaining committee continued to put forward reasonable contract proposals aimed at resolving many of the pressing issues that impact pharmacists every day, the Company’s proposals seemed only geared towards dividing the bargaining unit and ensuring Osco management will not be required to put forth more than the bare minimum amount of money and effort.  These goals appeared most evident as the parties’ bargained over benefits for Head Pharmacists and the scheduling of Floaters.

Local 727 Pharmacists Address Illinois Pharmacy Task Force, Urge Members to Support 8-Hour Workday Limit in the Interest of Public Safety

 

08.16.19 - Teamsters Local 727 pharmacists and representatives attended the final meeting of the Illinois Pharmaceutical Task Force this past Tuesday to reemphasize the importance of an 8-hour limit on the workdays of Illinois pharmacists’ working in the retail setting.  While the Task Force initially denied pharmacists the chance to speak during its June meeting, after two months of pressure from Local 727 the Task Force Chairman relented and specifically carved out time during its August meeting for pharmacists to share their views.  Local 727 members seized this opportunity to urge Task Force members to revote their previous motion and instead vote to recommend pharmacists’ workdays be capped at 8 hours.

Osco Proposes Wage and Benefit Cuts in First Economic Proposal

 

08.15.19 - Today, representatives of Osco Drug, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Albertsons, opened the day’s contract negotiations with Teamsters Local 727 by describing the Company and pharmacists as “partners” and emphasizing the importance of Osco continuing to progress in the future.  These sentiments were not present, however, in the first wage proposal Osco presented to the Union this afternoon.

Local 727’s Calls for a Revote on 12-Hour Day Succeed, IL Pharmacy Task Force to Address Issue at August 13 Meeting

08.12.19 - For two months, Teamsters Local 727 has demanded the Illinois Collaborative Pharmaceutical Task Force revote its motion recommending a pharmacist’s workday be capped at 12 hours.  The Union’s persistence was rewarded last week when it was informed that the Task Force will motion for a revote at its meeting tomorrow, August 13.

Osco Continues to Press for the Removal of Head Pharmacists from 727 Bargaining Unit, Union Stands its Ground

08.06.19 - Negotiations for a successor collective bargaining agreement covering Osco pharmacists continued on June 22, June 29, and August 1 between the Teamsters Local 727 bargaining committee and representatives of Osco Drug, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Albertsons.

As Deadline for IL Pharmaceutical Task Force Recommendations Approaches, Local 727 Continues to Demand a Revote on 12-Hour Workday

07.26.19 - On Tuesday, July 9, members of the Illinois Collaborative Pharmaceutical Task Force once again discussed and voted to approve a number of recommendations for reforming the Pharmacy Practice Act (PPA).  To Teamsters Local 727’s dissatisfaction, the Task Force did not, however, adequately address the Union’s demand that a new vote be held to determine whether the Task Force should recommend pharmacists’ workdays be capped at 8 or 12 hours.

Board Refuses Local 727 Members the Opportunity to Speak at IL Task Force Meeting in Alleged Violation of Open Meetings Act

07.08.19 - During the last meeting of the Illinois Collaborative Pharmaceutical Task Force on Wednesday, June 19, Task Force members voted to approve several recommendations for reforming the Pharmacy Practice Act (PPA).  Of the motions approved, nearly all recommended reforms that Local 727 representatives and members had advocated for during past Task Force meetings.

Osco’s Intractability Hampers Progress During Negotiations

07.01.19 - Teamsters Local 727 met with Osco Drug, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Albertsons, on Tuesday, June 18 and Friday, June 28 to continue negotiations for a new successor collective bargaining agreement covering all Osco pharmacists.  Despite the Union’s good faith efforts to engage Osco representatives in meaningful and productive conversations, the Company’s continued refusal to make any real movement on its outstanding proposals stymied negotiations.

IL Pharmacy Task Force to Vote on Mandatory Rest Breaks and 8-Hour Workday at June 19 Meeting

06.14.19 - The Illinois Collaborative Pharmaceutical Task Force is scheduled to vote on a number of recommendations for reforming the Pharmacy Practice Act (PPA) at its next meeting on Wednesday, June 19.  Representatives and members of Teamsters Local 727 will once again be attending the monthly meeting in order to share firsthand accounts of the daily struggles experienced by Chicagoland pharmacists and to urge the Task Force to vote in favor of motions that will affect true, positive change. 

Osco Flouts Union’s Good Faith Efforts, Insists on Slashing Benefits at Latest Bargaining Session

06.04.19 - The Teamsters Local 727 bargaining committee and Osco Drug, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Albertsons, last met to continue negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement covering Osco pharmacists on Tuesday, May 21.  While the Union arrived prepared and willing to bargain in good faith over the many pressing workplace issues that currently affect Osco pharmacists, management appeared indifferent to the concerns of their employees and seemed unwilling to make any significant movement on their initial contract proposals.

Local 727 Pushes Cap on Pharmacist Work Day and Mandated Employer Compliance with Rest Break Standards at Latest IL Pharmacy Task Force Meeting

05.21.19 - Teamsters Local 727 once again took a stand last Tuesday to demand true and effective pharmacy reform during the latest meeting of the Illinois Collaborative Pharmaceutical Task Force.

Osco Proposes Longer Hours, Lower Pay, and Fewer Union Jobs in Outrageous Opening Proposal

04.29.19 - Teamsters Local 727 and representatives from Osco Drug, Inc. reconvened negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement covering all pharmacists this past Tuesday, April 23.  The parties began negotiations by finalizing a 30-day extension agreement, which includes retroactivity for wage raises back to May 4, the date of expiration of the current contract.

Local 727 Opens Osco CBA Negotiations with Comprehensive Contract Proposal

04.15.19 - Teamsters Local 727 and Osco Drug, Inc. opened negotiations earlier this month for a new collective bargaining agreement covering all Osco pharmacists.  During the parties’ first bargaining session on Wednesday, April 3, the Local 727 bargaining committee kicked off negotiations by presenting Osco representatives with a comprehensive contract proposal. 

Teamsters Take a Stand Outside and Inside the Most Recent IL Pharmacy Task Force Meeting

03.21.19 - Teamsters Local 727 stepped up efforts last week to inform the public of unsafe working conditions and subsequent public safety concerns in Chicagoland pharmacies.  While the Illinois State Board of Pharmacy and the Illinois Collaborative Pharmaceutical Task Force held their respective monthly meetings inside the Thompson Center, Local 727 pharmacists and representatives distributed flyers notifying the public of issues facing CVS pharmacists.

Union Challenges Violation of Osco Settlement Agreement

03.07.19 - Late last year, Teamsters Local 727 filed a grievance against Osco after learning pharmacy students were being misclassified and paid by Osco as technicians despite the student’s enrollment in pharmacy school.  In response to the Union’s willingness to pursue the matter through arbitration, Osco agreed that, “affected Employees shall become members of the Teamsters Local 727 Bargaining Unit on the date the Company is notified in writing by the Union or employee and provided a copy of the pharmacy student’s transcript that the Affected Employee is a Pharmacy student enrolled in his or her 3rd year of pharmacy school or beyond.”

Local 727 Pharmacist Speaks at IL Pharmacy Task Force Meeting, Experiences Move Committee Members

02.08.19 - The Illinois Collaborative Pharmaceutical Task Force is due to vote on recommendations for reforming the Illinois Pharmacy Practice Act by September 1st of this year.  Teamsters Local 727 continues to attend Task Force meetings and push for the recommendation of new work standards that guarantee pharmacists the ability to safely perform their professional responsibilities.

Local 727 Makes Waves at Latest Meeting of IL Pharmacy Task Force

01.04.19 - Teamsters Local 727 continued the fight for pharmacy reform at the most recent meeting of the Illinois Collaborative Pharmaceutical Task Force on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, where the issue of distracting superfluous duties assigned to pharmacists was the latest matter to be considered.

Osco Misclassification of Pharmacy Students to be Remedied Thanks to Union Settlement

12.05.18 - Teamsters Local 727 filed a grievance earlier this year when the Union was informed by a pharmacist that one of the pharmacy students working in the store was being misclassified and paid by Osco as a technician despite the student’s enrollment in pharmacy school.

Osco Finally Acknowledges Rest Break Problems

10.16.18 - Teamsters Local 727 met with Osco management on Tuesday, October 9th, to continue discussions on the effectiveness of the new rest break procedures demanded by the Union.  This is the second meeting between the parties since Local 727 demanded new procedures be implemented in an attempt to guarantee pharmacists are able to take uninterrupted rest breaks.  When the Union previously met with Osco in August, the Company questioned the legitimacy of pharmacists’ survey responses.

Local 727 Effects Change at IL Pharmacy Task Force Hearing

10.05.18 - Teamsters Local 727 remains at the forefront of the fight for pharmacy reform in Illinois.  As the representative for hundreds of Osco and CVS pharmacists, Local 727 has witnessed firsthand the dangers understaffing pharmacies and overworking pharmacists can pose to both pharmacists and to the public at large.  This knowledge has driven the Union to press legislators to enact new pharmacy work standards which led to the successful creation of the Collaborative Pharmaceutical Task Force.

Osco Questions Authenticity of Union Survey Results,Claim Pharmacists Have No Issue Taking Rest Breaks

09.11.18 - On August 21st, Teamsters Local 727 and Osco management met to discuss the effectiveness of the new rest break scheduling procedures demanded by the Union.  Despite Osco’s assurances that issues reported by pharmacists via Local 727 would be addressed prior to the parties’ meeting, Osco did not appear to have any solutions and instead questioned the authenticity of the issues pharmacists presented to the Union.

Union Settles Multiple Grievances Against Osco

08.13.18 - Teamsters Local 727 has settled over the past several months multiple outstanding grievances against Osco that were pending arbitration.

Union Successful in Getting Osco to Honor Seniority

08.02.18 - Teamsters Local 727 and Osco agreed to settle a grievance, which was pending arbitration, concerning the allocation of part-time hours when pharmacy hours are reduced. The underlying grievance arose when Local 727 was informed that, following a reduction in pharmacy hours, Osco was not assigning the remaining part-time hours in seniority order.  

REMINDER: 24-Hour Store Pharmacists Can Use Seniority to Obtain Regular Positions

07.27.18 - Teamsters Local 727 has been informed that effective July 30, 2018, Osco will discontinue 24-hour pharmacy operations in Store #3345 and Store #3407.  In light of this change, the Union would like to remind pharmacists of your rights under the collective bargaining agreement.

Know Your Rights: The Company Cannot Retaliate Against Pharmacists for Filing Grievances or Speaking to the Union About Issues they are Having

07.18.18 - It has been brought to the Union’s attention that pharmacists fear retaliation from Osco when speaking up about issues they are facing in the stores.  In light of such information, Local 727 would like to take this opportunity to emphasize to members the protections extended to them by the National Labor Relations Act.

Local 727 Files ULP Against Osco in Defense of a Member

04.20.18 - Teamsters Local 727 filed an unfair labor practice charge with Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board against Osco alleging the Company violated the National Labor Relations Act by retaliating against a pharmacist for exercising their rights under the CBA.

Union’s Efforts Result in New Rest Break Procedures for Osco Pharmacists

02.20.18 - Last year, Osco unilaterally implemented a biometric system without bargaining with the Union first. This change prevented pharmacists from taking uninterrupted breaks. Teamsters Local 727 brought this issue to Osco’s attention and subsequently filed a grievance against Osco.

Improved Pharmacy Work Standards Championed by Local 727 Up for Possible Vote in Chicago City Council

10.26.17 - Teamsters Local 727’s efforts at reforming pharmacist work standards are now closer to becoming reality in Chicago.

The Strength and Persistence of Local 727 Results in Creation of a Bypass to Osco’s Biometric System

10.19.17 - Earlier this year, Teamsters Local 727 filed a grievance against Osco for violating the collective bargaining agreement by its unilateral implementation of a biometric system which prevented pharmacists from taking uninterrupted breaks. Osco and Local 727 were unable to resolve the issue during the grievance process. The Union then submitted the grievance to arbitration.

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

09.29.17 - 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.

OscoTeamsters.com is Key Portal for Pharmacist Information

09.12.17 - Over the past several years, pharmacists have requested more frequent communication from Teamsters Local 727.  Thanks to helpful feedback provided by the pharmacists, Local 727 has created and dedicated a website unique to Osco pharmacists.

Reminder to Osco Pharmacists Re: Holiday Pay and Scheduling

08.29.17 - As part of the collective bargaining agreement negotiated by Teamsters Local 727, Labor Day is a contractually recognized holiday. With the holiday fast approaching, Local 727 wanted to take the time to remind pharmacists of their rights under Section 5.7 of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

Local 727 Continues to Fight for Osco Pharmacists as Highlighted in Chicago Tribune Article

08.15.17 - Osco’s recent finger scanning system was a hastily thought-out plan that has only made the pharmacist’s job that much more cumbersome. What is clear is that Osco installed this system shortly after the Chicago Tribune investigation last December. In another Tribune article published Wednesday, August 9, Local 727, standing up for Osco pharmacists, said it doesn’t know why Osco implemented its fingerprint scanning system or what its purpose is for, but “that it adds another task to the pharmacists’ already jam-packed workload.”

REMINDER: Osco Ordered to “Cease and Desist” from Requiring Pharmacists to Acquire Outside Flu Clinics or Leads for Outside Flu Clinics

07.28.17 - On April 6, 2017, Teamsters Local 727 was awarded an arbitration win on behalf of the more than 500 Osco pharmacists it represents. In his award, Arbitrator Elliott H. Goldstein ordered Osco to “cease and desist from enforcing any requirement that staff or head pharmacists obtain outside flu clinics or leads for outside flu clinics” as part of their daily job responsibilities.

Chicago Tribune Highlights Union’s Efforts to Reform Pharmacy Work Standards

07.14.17 - Teamsters Local 727 represents more than 640 pharmacists at Osco and CVS, and the union has seen first-hand how a lack of adequate work standards can be detrimental to both pharmacists and to the public they serve. That’s why Local 727, in conjunction with Teamster pharmacists and other allies, has been advocating for new pharmacy work standards for Illinois pharmacies to follow.

Attention Pharmacists: Know Your Weingarten Rights!

07.05.17 - As a member of Teamsters Local 727, you can invoke your Weingarten rights should you happen to be involved in a disciplinary meeting. Weingarten rights are integral to every union contract, so it’s important that every member understands them.

NLRB Finds Merit with Local 727’s Unfair Labor Practice Charge Against Osco

06.21.17 - Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board has found merit with the unfair labor practice charge Teamsters Local 727 filed in January over Jewel/Osco’s unlawful refusal to provide information about its employee benefits plans unless the union signed a confidentiality agreement. The Board has issued a complaint against the company.

Union Files Grievance Over Osco’s Failure to Follow Bidding Process on Open Positions

06.13.17 - Teamsters Local 727 recently filed a grievance against Osco claiming that the company is failing to follow the usual bidding process concerning open positions. The union is claiming that Osco is only posting positions for 48 hours, when the positions should be posted for a longer period.

New Pharmacy Work Standards Legislation Expected to Pass Unopposed in the Illinois House

06.05.17 - Updated pharmacy work rules that make working conditions more manageable for Illinois pharmacists are a step closer to becoming reality. Illinois House Bill 3462 is poised to officially pass both chambers in the Illinois State House, with no opposition, when the House reconvenes later this summer.

Osco’s Bad Behavior Continues with Apparent Misrepresentation of Information and Delay in Providing Information to Local 727

04.26.17 -- Last minute failures to provide information or a blown commitment now and then due to unforeseen circumstances are annoying to be sure. When it happens on a regular basis, however, and particularly by one party, then annoyance turns to antipathy and makes the offending party look ridiculous. 

Local 727 Wins Arbitration Award for Osco Pharmacists

04.10.17 - Teamsters Local No. 727 was awarded an arbitration win on behalf of the more than 500 Osco pharmacists it represents. Arbitrator Elliott H. Goldstein ordered Osco to “cease and desist from enforcing any requirement that staff or head pharmacists obtain outside flu clinics or leads for outside flu clinics” as part of their daily job responsibilities.

Osco Unwilling to Compromise on Uniforms

03.16.17 – Last week, Local 727 filed a grievance due to Osco’s contract violation and past practices concerning new lab coat uniforms. During negotiations, members expressed concern over the quality and appearance of the lab coats provided by the employer.

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

03.15.17 — 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.

Read and review the 2016-2019 contract between Teamsters Local 727 and Osco Drug. Use the table of contents on the following page to get to know individual sections of the member agreement, or click on the tab above to directly download a copy.

Know Your Business Agent

Teamsters Osco Business Agent: Zach Frankenbach

Phone: (847) 696-7500

E-mail: Zach@TeamstersLocal727.org

 

Teamsters Local 727 Business Agent Zach Frankenbach directly represents members working at Osco pharmacies across the Chicago area. Any Osco member who has any issue at work, including possible questions about the contract, potential grievances or private matters, do not hesitate to contact Zach or the Local 727 union office immediately via phone or e-mail.

Members can send a confidential message to Zach using the contact form below.

10.18.19 - Over 93% of Osco pharmacists have voted to reject the Company’s recent five-year contract offer.  Today at 1 p.m. in the Teamsters Local 727 offices in Park Ridge, several Osco pharmacists witnessed the counting of the 218 received ballots.  When all ballots were counted, the final tally was 203-15 against contract.

Osco Pharmacists Overwhelmingly Reject Company’s Contract Offer

Proposed Amendments to IL Pharmacy Practice Act Do Not Align with Task Force Recommendations, Local 727 Maintains Further Reform Necessary

10.31.19 - Earlier this month, the Illinois Pharmaceutical Task Force submitted its final report and recommendations for modifying the Illinois Pharmacy Practice Act (PPA) to the state legislature.  Illinois State Representative Michael Zalewski last week appears to have used the Task Force’s recommendations to draft and submit an official proposal for amending the PPA to the Illinois House of Representatives.  While Zalewski’s proposed amendments largely align with the report’s recommendations, there appear to be areas where the state representative’s amendments depart from the Task Force’s carefully chosen and agreed upon language.

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