Bargaining Updates

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

Questions?

Contact your agent.

Teamsters Osco Business Agent:

Zach Frankenbach

Phone: (847) 696-7500

E-mail: Zach@TeamstersLocal727.org

Stay Informed!

 

Throughout negotiations, Local 727 will provide pharmacists with timely bargaining updates via email blasts, OscoTeamsters.com and TeamstersLocal727.org. To receive updates in your email inbox, contact MWard@TeamstersLocal727.org.

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’s contract proposal includes:

  1. A four-year wage freeze;

  2. A single wage raise of 1% in 2023;

  3. Lump sum payments of $750 for full-time pharmacists, $450 for part-time pharmacists who worked an average of twenty or more hours per week in the past year, and $250 for part-time pharmacists who worked less than twenty hours per week in the past year during year one of the agreement;

  4. Lump sum payments of $350 for full-time pharmacists, $200 for part-time pharmacists who worked an average of twenty or more hours per week in the past year, and $125 for part-time pharmacists who worked less than twenty hours per week in the past year during year four of the agreement;

  5. Unspecified health care premium increases, which are set by management;

  6. A new lower wage tier for new hires that will not catch-up to the full wage rate by the end of the agreement; and

  7. No guaranteed protections for senior employees when bidding against lesser-paid new hires for staff pharmacy positions.

 

Despite what a recent email from Osco’s Director of Pharmacy Relations Ryan McCann may claim, this proposal is not guaranteed to remain “superior to what Walgreens and CVS offer their pharmacists…”  Mr. McCann failed to mention in his email yesterday that Osco’s latest proposal eliminates the Walgreens Side Letter, which means Osco pharmacists will no longer be guaranteed wage rates at or above those paid to Walgreens pharmacists.  The CVS collective bargaining agreement has expired as will the Walgreens contract in 2020.  If Walgreens pharmacists negotiate a wage increase next year, Osco would no longer be obligated to raise its wage rates and Osco’s proposed new hire wage rate could become the lowest in the industry.

 

Additionally, though Mr. McCann claimed in his email that Osco’s proposal of a lower wage rate for new hires will not “displace or otherwise impact [Osco’s] existing pharmacists,” he again failed to mention that Osco representatives rejected Local 727’s proposal to give senior pharmacists preference when bidding for open staff pharmacy positions.  Osco’s current offer includes no guarantee that lower-paid newly hired pharmacists will not be given preference over higher-paid senior pharmacists.

 

Mr. McCann cannot promise Osco pharmacists will continue to be paid more than CVS and Walgreens pharmacists because there is no way for Mr. McCann, or any other Osco manager, to know precisely what CVS or Walgreens pharmacists’ wage rates will be over the next four years.  When the parties last met for negotiations, Osco representatives were, however, able to confirm that the Company could afford the higher annual wage raises proposed by Local 727

 

As a result of Osco’s seeming unwillingness to treat their hardworking employees with the fairness and respect they deserve, the Union bargaining committee is recommending that all Osco pharmacists vote “AGAINST CONTRACT.”

 

 

**ERROR IN OSCO CONTRACT PROPOSAL**

 

Osco has confirmed that the Company’s offer includes a significant error.  In Article 11 (Head Pharmacists) of the contract proposal mailed to all Osco pharmacists, the first paragraph states that Head Pharmacists are not bargaining unit members.  This is incorrect—Osco has withdrawn its proposal to remove Head Pharmacists from the bargaining unit.  A corrected version of Osco’s proposed Article 11 is below or can be viewed here.

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 pharmacists do far more at the store level than any of our competitors,” said Osco pharmacist and Local 727 bargaining committee member Tom Hagerty.  “If Osco wants to recruit the brightest, hardest working pharmacists, then they must treat their employees with respect.  That includes compensating pharmacists fairly for their hard work.”

 

In addition to resubmitting its proposal for a five-year wage freeze, Osco also refused to budge on its proposal to institute a two-tier wage system.  Since August, Osco has pushed for massive wage cuts for new hires and repeatedly resubmitted proposals that would lock-in new pharmacists on a lower wage tier for the entire term of the successor collective bargaining agreement.  The Company’s proposals do not include any way for new hires to move into the higher wage tier.

 

“By not giving new hires any opportunity to catch-up to the higher wage rate, Osco seems to be trying to institute a permanent pay cut for new pharmacists,” said Zach Frankenbach, lead business representative for Osco pharmacists.  “The Company’s undervaluing of highly skilled pharmacists is an affront to the entire profession.”

 

In light of Osco’s unwillingness to make movement over issues of vital importance to members, the Local 727 bargaining committee took the bold step of presenting the Company with a last, best, and final offer (LBFO) for a five-year agreement.  Not only did the Union’s LBFO make tremendous movement on annual wage raises for all pharmacists, but it also included a two-year freeze on health care premiums and a 3% cap on health care premium increases for the final three years of the proposed agreement.

 

In response to the Union’s LBFO, Osco representatives presented a comprehensive five-year contract proposal which included a single wage raise of an abysmal 1% in the final year of the agreement, underwhelming lump sum payments of approximately 0.5% in year one and approximately 0.24% in year four of the agreement, and unspecified health care premium increases which are set by management.  Additionally, the Company’s most recent offer introduces a lower new hire wage tier, which will not catch-up to the full wage rate by the end of the agreement, and no protections for senior employees when bidding against lessor-paid new hires for staff pharmacy positions.

 

Though Local 727 demanded an LBFO from the Company, Osco made it clear that their last comprehensive proposal is not their best or final offer.

 

“Osco’s proposal is a slap in the face to pharmacists—its so-called wage increase does not even keep up with cost of living increases,” said Frankenbach.  “The Company said it could afford the Union’s economic package but their latest offer doesn’t come anywhere close.  Instead, under Osco’s proposed contract, pharmacists can expect their take-home pay to decrease drastically over the next five years as a result of increased health care premiums and inflation.  Our members deserve far more for their hard work and years of dedication.”

 

As a result of Osco’s intractability, the Local 727 bargaining committee has decided to conduct a ratification vote on the Company’s latest offer.  If your address has changed since the last Osco CBA was ratified in 2016, please contact your business representative, Zach Frankenbach, IMMEDIATELY to ensure you receive a ballot.

 

Local 727 will be sending all eligible Osco pharmacists a copy of Osco’s latest contract offer, a contract summary, and a ballot with voting directions via mail.  All ballots are confidential.

 

THE UNION BARGAINING COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS YOU VOTE “AGAINST CONTRACT”

 

Members with questions should contact Local 727 Osco Business Representative Zach Frankenbach at (847) 696-7500 or Zach@TeamstersLocal727.org.

 

Nothing in this article should be read as the union’s waiver of any legal argument, position or grievance(s), or as a waiver of any rights, arguments, or defenses under any contract, collective bargaining agreement, or applicable law. The union does not forfeit its right to make any and all supplemental arguments

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 opened the day’s negotiations by making little movement and resubmitting all of the Company’s outstanding contract proposals, including a 5-year wage freeze, 2-tier wage system, and a proposal that allows Osco to raise the cost of health insurance benefits.  As they appeared during the parties’ last bargaining session, the Company’s proposals again seemed only aimed at ensuring Osco management would not be required to put forth more than the minimum amount of money and effort.

 

Despite the minimal movement made by Osco, the Local 727 bargaining committee stood firm and continued to fight for fair wage raises for all pharmacists, improved and transparent bidding procedures, and a ban on payroll neutral flu clinics.

 

The Union also continued to demand scheduling improvements for Floaters.  While Osco representatives claimed there was no way to schedule Floaters’ shifts in advance, the Union bargaining committee did the hard work and proposed alternative solutions.  Rather than put in the same effort to find middle ground as Local 727, Osco merely rejected the Union’s proposal and offered no counter proposal.

 

“Local 727 will not be deterred.  The Union bargaining committee will continue to fight until our members receive what is just and fair,” said Zach Frankenbach, Lead Business Representative for Osco pharmacists.  “Pharmacists are the backbone of Osco.  We demand the Company arrive to our next meeting prepared with contract proposals that show our members and their work the respect they deserve.”

 

Local 727 has requested future bargaining dates from Osco.  The Union will update members as soon as the next bargaining session has been scheduled.

 

Members with questions should contact Local 727 Osco Business Representative Zach Frankenbach at (847) 696-7500 or Zach@TeamstersLocal727.org.

 

Nothing in this article should be read as the union’s waiver of any legal argument, position or grievance(s), or as a waiver of any rights, arguments, or defenses under any contract, collective bargaining agreement, or applicable law. The union does not forfeit its right to make any and all supplemental arguments

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.

 

During the parties’ negotiations last week, Osco representatives presented the Union bargaining committee with a proposal to give Head Pharmacists priority over all other pharmacists during the vacation bidding process.  This proposal would disregard the seniority of the majority of the bargaining unit.  The Company explained its motivation for this proposal was to incentivize employees to apply for open Head Pharmacist positions.

 

The Local 727 bargaining committee opposed the proposal and reminded Osco representatives that the scheduling of vacations strictly by seniority is the way to reward all pharmacists for their dedication, loyalty, and years of service to the Company.  The Union also reminded the Company that the CBA already allows for Osco to offer incentives to Head Pharmacists.  In fact, under the current incentive program Head Pharmacists have the opportunity to earn bonuses for reaching store goals; however, Osco has set those goals at nearly impossible to reach levels and thus minimized the effectiveness of that incentive.

 

During the parties’ Wednesday bargaining session, the Local 727 bargaining committee proposed that Head Pharmacists receive 2 additional paid personal days as a reward for their hard work.

 

“Head Pharmacists have additional duties and should be compensated for the added work and hours that come along with those responsibilities,” said Zach Frankenbach, Lead Business Representative for Osco pharmacists.

 

Osco wasted no time in rejecting the Union’s proposal.

 

“Osco may act like it cares about Head Pharmacists, but it’s clear from Management’s actions that the Company only values us when it doesn’t cost them anything,” said Osco Head Pharmacist and Local 727 bargaining committee member Melissa Henry.  “We will not be bought or bribed.  Head Pharmacists are Teamster pharmacists and we will stand with all our Teamster Brothers and Sisters.”

 

In addition to proposing additional personal days for Head Pharmacists, the Union bargaining committee has also continued to demand new contract language that would permit pharmacists to use a portion of their vacation time in single day increments.

 

Local 727 also resubmitted its proposal that would provide Floaters with 10 weeks advanced notice of their schedule.  Before negotiations began, members of Osco management stated that the Company aimed to assign Floaters’ schedules 6 months in advance; however, during negotiations Osco representatives claimed that there was no way for the Company to guarantee a Floater’s schedule.  As such, the Company flatly reject the Union’s proposal.

 

“I try to be flexible because I understand my schedule is subject to change,” said Osco Floater and Union bargaining committee member Michael Trnka, “but, every once in a while, I need to be able to make a doctor’s appointment.  Floaters are not asking for a lot.  We’re just asking our Employer to make an effort, and to remember that Floaters are humans that need check-ups too.”

 

In addition to demanding scheduling improvements for Floaters, the Union bargaining committee also held firm on its proposals that permit a sign to be posted when a pharmacist is on break, demand two 30-minute breaks for pharmacists working 12 hour shifts, improve bidding procedures for open positions, and fair annual wage increases for all pharmacists.

 

Despite the Union’s good faith bargaining, Osco has made little movement off of its very first pharmacist wage proposal.  During both of the parties’ bargaining sessions this week, Company representatives continued to demand a 5-year wage freeze for pharmacists while also raising the cost of health insurance benefits.

 

Local 727 did score a tremendous victory this week when it secured a tentative agreement that maintains the status quo for 12-hour days over the course of a 5-year contract term.  This tentative agreement protects the jobs of part-time pharmacists who would have had their hours reduced or eliminated had the 12-hour day expanded.

 

“We cannot allow Osco to divide our Brotherhood,” added Frankenbach.  “When we stand together, Local 727 has the power to protect Osco pharmacists.  We must remain united and continue to fight side-by-side.”

 

The parties’ next bargaining session is currently scheduled for Monday, September 9.  The current contract extension agreement is set to expire the first week of September.

 

Members with questions should contact Local 727 Osco Business Representative Zach Frankenbach at (847) 696-7500 or Zach@TeamstersLocal727.org.

 

Nothing in this article should be read as the union’s waiver of any legal argument, position or grievance(s), or as a waiver of any rights, arguments, or defenses under any contract, collective bargaining agreement, or applicable law. The union does not forfeit its right to make any and all supplemental arguments.

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

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.

 

The Company’s opening economic proposal included:

  1. A 5-year wage freeze for all current employees;

  2. The introduction of a second wage tier with massive pay cuts for new hires;

  3. The elimination of the overnight premium for new hires; and

  4. The elimination of bonus units for new hires.

 

“The Company’s proposal to pay pharmacy students near minimum wage both devalues our profession and discounts the contributions of pharmacists and pharmacy students,” said Laura Lucafo, Osco pharmacist and Local 727 bargaining committee member.

 

“The Company’s proposal does not keep up with inflation.  Osco is essentially asking its hardworking employees—the foundation of its company—to take a pay cut over the next five years,” added Zach Frankenbach, Lead Business Representative for Osco pharmacists.  “Management claims it wants Osco to keep progressing in the future, but with this proposal it seems to say it doesn’t want the same for its pharmacists.”

 

In today’s bargaining session, the Local 727 bargaining committee stood firm and continued to press for rest break, vacation, and scheduling improvements, as well as the elimination of payroll-neutral meetings, maintaining the status quo for 12-hour days, and a more transparent bidding process.  Despite Local 727’s good faith efforts to focus the parties’ attention on a small number of important, key non-economic matters in order to advance negotiations, Osco representatives made no significant movement on the Company’s outstanding non-economic proposals.

 

The parties’ will meet again to continue bargaining on Monday, August 19.  Local 727 will continue to update pharmacists as negotiations proceed and the expiration of the parties’ extension agreement approaches.

 

Members with questions should contact Local 727 Osco Business Representative Zach Frankenbach at (847) 696-7500 or Zach@TeamstersLocal727.org.

 

Nothing in this article should be read as the union’s waiver of any legal argument, position or grievance(s), or as a waiver of any rights, arguments, or defenses under any contract, collective bargaining agreement, or applicable law. The union does not forfeit its right to make any and all supplemental arguments.

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.

 

During the parties’ recent bargaining sessions, Osco presented the Union with a contract proposal that would permit a sign to be posted when a pharmacist is on a 15-minute break and stipulates that head pharmacists would be required to train pharmacy technicians on rest break procedures.  However, Osco tied its proposal to the elimination of head pharmacists from the Local 727 bargaining unit, which the Union flatly rejected.  Local 727 stood firm and made it clear that it is unwilling to bargain over the scope of the bargaining unit or consider any reduction in Union jobs.

 

Local 727 submitted a modified proposal to Osco representatives that requires signs be posted during both 15 and 30-minute breaks, maintains it is the responsibility of the Company to train technicians, and mandates Osco track pharmacists’ hours and rest breaks.  Despite the Union’s firm stance on rest break signage, Osco representatives have not yet gone far enough as to offer 30-minute break signs. 

 

Local 727 demanded Osco cease attempting to limit employee rights and instead focus its attention on resolving pressing issues that could affect employee and public safety.  During this past Thursday’s bargaining session, Local 727 took the time to create a list of the Union’s top contract proposals in a good faith effort to streamline and focus negotiations on such urgent issues.  The Union tied limiting its focus to Osco’s withdrawal of its remaining proposals (excluding wage and benefits), which includes a proposal to expand the number of 12-hour day pharmacies.  Osco did not respond to the Union’s proposals during the parties’ last bargaining session, but is expected to do so when Osco and Local 727 next meet.

 

Though Osco did withdraw some minor proposals, the Company again declined to make any significant movement.  As a result of the Company’s continued delays, Local 727 notified Osco that the Union would not be renewing the parties’ extension agreement.  The extension agreement will now expire in early September.

 

“If we’re going to reach an agreement before the deadline Osco must cease dragging its feet.  The Union bargaining committee demands that Osco begin bargaining in good faith with Local 727,” said Zach Frankenbach, Local 727 business representative for Osco pharmacists.  “Local 727 will continue to fight for the contract provisions our Brothers and Sisters deserve.”

 

The parties are currently scheduled to resume negotiations on Thursday, August 15.

 

Members with questions should contact Local 727 Osco Business Representative Zach Frankenbach at (847) 696-7500 or Zach@TeamstersLocal727.org.

 

Nothing in this article should be read as the union’s waiver of any legal argument, position or grievance(s), or as a waiver of any rights, arguments, or defenses under any contract, collective bargaining agreement, or applicable law. The union does not forfeit its right to make any and all supplemental arguments.

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.

 

The Local 727 bargaining committee opened the day’s bargaining on June 18 by presenting Osco with a package deal on 12-hour days and pharmacist rest breaks.  The package, which represents major movement on the part of the Union, would include Local 727 agreeing to maintain the status quo for 12-hour days only under the conditions that Osco agree to (1) keep a complete and accurate record of pharmacists’ daily rest breaks and hours; (2) provide each pharmacy with a sign to display when a pharmacist is on break; and (3) train technicians on handling interruptions and customers while pharmacists are on break.  Despite having already agreed to provide technicians with break-related training in October 2018, Osco management did not immediately respond to the Union’s proposal.

 

“Osco was given the opportunity to make good on its word and resolve the issues preventing pharmacists from taking uninterrupted breaks—it didn’t follow through on its promises,” said Zach Frankenbach, Local 727 business representative for Osco pharmacists.  “If the Company wants to earn back the trust of its employees, agreeing to this very fair package proposal would be a good first step.”

 

On June 18, Local 727 also resubmitted its proposal to introduce new scheduling procedures that would provide floaters with advance notice of start/end times, work locations, and days off as well as the Union’s proposals to provide part-time pharmacists with paid sick days and update bidding procedures to ensure seniority is strictly followed.  The Union bargaining committee emphasized the necessity of these proposals by providing firsthand examples of challenges they and their fellow pharmacists face each day on the job.

 

Local 727 continued to press for the strict use of seniority to fill open full-time and permanent part-time hours when the parties reconvened negotiations on Friday, June 28.  The Union called out Osco for its bidding process’ lack of transparency and for its habit of filling open permanent positions with outside hires.

 

“There’s no reason for Osco to hire from outside the Company when there are so many pharmacists—employees who have dedicated their lives and careers to Osco—willing to work these positions,” said Union bargaining committee member Tom Hagerty.

 

On Friday, the Union also resubmitted its proposal to increase the amount of vacation leave pharmacists are permitted to break into single day increments to 2 weeks.  Though Local 727 made it clear to Osco management that this issue is extremely important to their hardworking employees, the Company appeared indifferent and offered no movement on their PTO program proposal.

 

In fact, Osco did not make significant movement on any of their previously presented proposals during either of the parties’ recent bargaining session.  Instead, Osco merely resubmitted its ridiculous proposals, including one to reduce benefits for part-time employees and new hires by limiting bereavement leave.

 

“Pharmacists are fed up with Osco’s feet-dragging,” added Frankenbach.  “We could be much farther along in these negotiations, and much closer to reaching a fair agreement, if Osco put the same effort into these negotiations as the Union has.  Local 727 has done the hard work—it’s time Osco steps up and shows its dedicated employees the same respect.”

 

The parties will meet again to continue bargaining on Monday, July 22. 

 

Members with questions should contact Local 727 Osco Business Representative Zach Frankenbach at (847) 696-7500 or Zach@TeamstersLocal727.org.

 

Nothing in this article should be read as the union’s waiver of any legal argument, position or grievance(s), or as a waiver of any rights, arguments, or defenses under any contract, collective bargaining agreement, or applicable law. The union does not forfeit its right to make any and all supplemental arguments.

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 opened the day’s bargaining session by withdrawing several proposals in a good faith attempt to propel negotiations forward and focus on key issues.  Unlike the Union, Osco management did not make similar movement.

 

Osco representatives instead merely resubmitted their previous proposals to reduce benefits for part-time employees, including a ridiculous proposal to limit bereavement leave.

 

“Osco’s actions during negotiations show that management has clearly lost touch with the challenges facing pharmacists,” said Laura Lucafo, Osco pharmacist and Local 727 bargaining committee member.

 

“We won’t reach a fair agreement anytime soon if Osco does not begin addressing the demands of its employees and bargaining in good faith with the Union,” added Zach Frankenbach, Lead Business Representative for Osco pharmacists.

 

The Local 727 bargaining committee continues to press for the elimination of 12-hour days, substantial annual wage raises for all pharmacists, increases in paid time off, and rest break improvements.

 

The parties’ next bargaining session is currently scheduled for Thursday, June 13.  Local 727 will continue to update pharmacists as negotiations proceed.

 

Members with questions should contact Local 727 Osco Business Representative Zach Frankenbach at (847) 696-7500 or Zach@TeamstersLocal727.org.

 

Nothing in this article should be read as the union’s waiver of any legal argument, position or additional grievance, or as a waiver of any rights, arguments, or defenses under any contract, collective bargaining agreement, or applicable law.  The union does not forfeit its right to make any and all supplemental arguments.

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.

 

When the parties first met on April 3, the Union bargaining committee opened negotiations by presenting the Company with a complete contract proposal, which included the elimination of 12-hour days, substantial annual wage raises, increases to paid time off, a comprehensive break proposal, as well as improved scheduling and bidding procedures.

 

During the parties’ latest bargaining session, Osco management presented its initial proposal for a five-year agreement that stands in stark contrast to the Union’s proposal.  The Company’s proposal includes the expansion of 12-hour days, the removal of restrictions on the number of 12-hour days the Company can force a new hire to work, and the creation of a lower tier for days off for new hires.

 

Osco also proposed the replacement of vacation time with a PTO program and presented a proposal to limit bereavement leave by removing “grandparents” from the list of family members pharmacists may take time to mourn.  Additionally, the Company proposed the elimination of the phrase “uninterrupted” from the “Meal and Rest Periods” article of the contract which would inevitably lead to shorter rest breaks for overworked pharmacists.

 

Most outrageously, Osco topped off its list of abysmal proposals by proposing the elimination of head pharmacists from the bargaining unit.

 

“Forcing already overworked pharmacists to work longer shifts with less breaks not only threatens pharmacists’ health, but poses a real threat to public safety,” said Zach Frankenbach, Business Representative for Osco pharmacists.  “This Union will not stand for such heinous mistreatment of our members.  We demand Osco return to the bargaining table prepared with proposals that better protect pharmacists and that recognize the hard work of its longtime employees.”

 

The parties will reconvene negotiations on May 21.  The Union will continue to update members as bargaining proceeds.

 

Members with questions should contact Local 727 Osco Business Representative Zach Frankenbach at (847) 696-7500 or Zach@TeamstersLocal727.org.

 

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.

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.  Some of the Union’s top proposals include substantial annual wage raises, an increase in paid time off, the elimination of 12-hour days, a guarantee of 20 hours per week for part-time employees, and updates to bidding procedures that will ensure seniority is strictly followed and part-time employees have an opportunity to bid on open full-time positions before outside hires.  Additionally, the Union has proposed new scheduling procedures which would require floater schedules (including days off, start/end times, and locations) be determined 6 months in advance.

 

Local 727 has also proposed changes to the CBA that will ensure pharmacists are able to safely perform their professional duties.  These proposed changes include the mandatory scheduling of pharmacy technicians during all operating hours, the limiting of non-pharmacy duties, and the ability to close pharmacies during a pharmacists’ lunch/dinner break when no other pharmacist is present.

 

“Wednesday was a productive start to negotiations,” said Zach Frankenbach, business representative for Local 727 Osco pharmacists.  “While there remain many challenging issues left to tackle before we can reach an agreement, the Union bargaining committee is looking forward to obtaining the best possible CBA for all Osco members.”

 

Osco representatives are expected to arrive to the parties’ next bargaining session on Tuesday, April 23, with the Company’s own contract proposals.

 

The current Osco CBA is set to expire on May 4, 2019.

 

Members with questions should contact Local 727 Osco Business Representative Zach Frankenbach at (847) 696-7500 or Zach@TeamstersLocal727.org.

 

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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Members with questions should contact Local 727 Osco Business Representative Zach Frankenbach at (847) 696-7500 or Zach@TeamstersLocal727.org.

 

Nothing in this article should be read as the union’s waiver of any legal argument, position or grievance(s), or as a waiver of any rights, arguments, or defenses under any contract, collective bargaining agreement, or applicable law. The union does not forfeit its right to make any and all supplemental arguments

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 thought they could offer the bare minimum and pharmacists would just take it.  I am so proud of our members and bargaining committee for proving the Company wrong,” said Zach Frankenbach, Lead Local 727 Business Representative for Osco pharmacists.  “With this vote, pharmacists have sent the Company a message that they are united, they are strong, and they will not stand for anything less than the respect and fair treatment they deserve.”

 

This vote was not a strike vote, but only a vote to accept or reject the Company’s recent offer.  The Local 727 bargaining committee has informed Osco management of the vote results.  The parties are currently working to determine a date for their return to the bargaining table.  The Union will update members when a meeting date has been determined.

 

Members with questions should contact Local 727 Osco Business Representative Zach Frankenbach at (847) 696-7500 or Zach@TeamstersLocal727.org.

 

Nothing in this article should be read as the union’s waiver of any legal argument, position or grievance(s), or as a waiver of any rights, arguments, or defenses under any contract, collective bargaining agreement, or applicable law. The union does not forfeit its right to make any and all supplemental arguments

Osco Pharmacists Overwhelmingly Reject Company’s Contract Offer

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