Thanks for the quick response. As you can see I am up at 5 am here in Uniondale, and have been awake most of the night. It is probably a good thing I am in group counseling. Even though it is for a positive drug screen I will deny it to my grave.
My counselors are helping me to make the difficult but necessary decision to change careers. I have some money saved. I have my kids through college. I would rather quit on my own terms than have my character further maligned by this company and its minions. I have put in too many good years to go out like that. They say when you don’t like the person you are when you are with somebody, it’s time to leave. Well, Walgreens and I will be getting a divorce very soon!
From JP.. You are not the first to have a positive drug screen. A CVS victim did everything that was demanded after a lorazepam Rx goy out of control. He talked his DO into refills by whining that he needed something to take the edge off when he worked the evening shift. The CVS DM said that the edge could not be that bad and sent him to mandatory AA meetings and random drug tests. The CVS DM also said no alcohol for one year. No problem for our friend. However the guy became a compulsive user of EtOH hand cleaning girls during the big flu scare. Like after every instance when he handled money and even a paper Rx. The modern tests for alcohol measure a micro metabolic chemical and it goes out to a week, I was told. The test is also incredibly accurate. Ya gawd id. He was fired for breaking his signed agreement. So, your positive screen tells me nothing.
Thank you for the information about the attorneys working for us. I will definitely get in contact with someone and get hooked up with this group. Not so much to keep my job, which I am essentially done with, but to have an outlet for my frustration and grief over the shabby way I have been treated. I am still in shock, but in a sense, I am grateful, because something like this, that is so ludicrous and insulting and soul crushing….Walgreens has broken my heart….is the only thing that would have made me abandon this God forsaken profession.
How about God Forsaken JOB. I have been telling you guys for years IT IS NOT THE PROFESSION. It is the JOB. And that is the fault of every single one of you who is reading this. You want a profession, well start acting like a professional and leave the TECHING to the technicians. Manning the PRESCRIPTION MILL is 90% technician needed and 10% pharmacist needed. That is close to being the way it is for WAG in Florida and soon Texas. I left WAG in Texas in April, 14. The Prescription Mill was a 50% pharmacist needed procedure. The point is: Be a professional and that means START COUNSELING. No Rx DM is going to be stupid enough to tell you to stop counseling.
I am going to go through the motions and go back so I can leave on my own terms. I may just get a job for awhile that just provides insurance so I can recover from this mess. I’m sure the government will miss the tax money I cough up every year for them to piss away!
The pharmacy is closed, go bother somebody else! Do you know if I pull something like a no call no show to get fired if I can collect unemployment? I am not used to being devious and playing games, but all bets are off as far as anything that will screw the company. I have over 200 sick hours banked. Next year they are grandfathered into Personal Time Off. Do you have any information on anybody calling in sick and blowing out those sick days and not getting canned? I see the techs do it all the time. I know all of the pharmacists have banked sick and vacation….we are SOOOOO….valuable to the company that we can’t get the time off we need. Kind of funny how they could come in and remove me on a moment’s notice and cover my shift for 2 months!!
FROM PHARMACIST STEVE:As I remember unemployment.. you are only entitled to unemployment if you are laid off.. if you are fired.. there is a automatic 4-6 month wait to collect. Unless they have changed the laws.. when you leave an employer.. they are only required to pay you accrued vacation time.. “sick leave” they are not required to pay you.. I don’t know if “personal time ” is considered vacation or sick leave time.. if they are converting everything over to personal time.. I would suspect that it is because they wont have to pay up when the person leaves.. just imagine the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars that they will save when they start walking Senior RPh’s out the door that have 3-5 weeks or more of “personal time” accrued ? No “Golden Parachutes” for rank/file RPh’s ! An employee is entitled – by Federal law – up to 12 weeks personal medical leave.. Get a medical excuse from you doctor/therapist that you need to deal with a personal health matter.. Knowing today’s corporate attitude.. if you got 200 hrs at a RPH’s pay scale that is 10K + that they could save… – or steal from you – if they have you headed for the front door and out to the curb.
- MORE FROM JP..Time off. Personal Time? Sick Time? I watched a RxM call out with little or no notice when he or his wife or toddler son had the sniffles. It was crazy. And, honest to gawd, when he had the sniffles, you could count on him calling out. Note: He is a Muslim and since he lived with his parents, he was expected to do Islam in his sleep. His wife was not allowed to go to a doctor by herself for her care or the little boy’s care. This is Walgreens, by the way, SE Texas out of Houston (Where the CEO was groomed) I was very impressed by how I was treated and I observed old, incompetent RPhs given extra chances. They were moved to very slow stores to help them out. That Muslim, by the way, is not suitable for the RxM job at Walgreens, but rather than firing him, he was moved to the slowest store in the district with a 10 minute one way commute. Go figure. They did not fire a veteran Float Team guy who was so slow, his wait time was an automatic half hour for one Rx. When you start at 30 minutes, the patient will be lucky to get out in an hour.
I will ask some expert to help on the unemployment. Using your 200 hours. Getting fired. I believe that unemployment is a benefit if you are fired. I am not certain. I will call upon Goose or Rx Gal or Steve or anyone else to help out on any of these paragraphs. Leave them in COMMENTS. I will copy and paste right here.
Any advice on how to manage my exit to my best advantage would be appreciated
My family is tired of hearing this stuff and worried for me, but they will never fully understand the way a fellow pharmacist would.