The Guild For Professional Pharmacists. The start!

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Note that CVS is represented by the Guild.  You Big Evil pharmacists might want to go to the Guild website and click on CVS.  There is a PDF file there that has the language of the current contract.  I looked quickly and there is language about rest periods.  Also, the wage that was negotiated.  I quot there.  If you work for CVS, let us know what you find interesting.  Other than the CVS pharmacists in Southern California showed some spine.

Okay, I have broken the ice.  This is what I got back from the Guild less than one hour after I sent an E-mail.  Who out there wants to take this further, get us educated on what it takes to start the ball rolling?

Hi Jim!

I am very familiar with you and have followed, with pleasure, your contributions to the profession.  I am so impressed that

our name  is going “viral” and that it is appreciated. We do pride ourselves upon representing pharmacists ONLY, and throughout the

representation process (when necessary) the pharmacist will be speaking to another pharmacist in our office.

We routinely get the same kind of calls that you do (the whinings), but often, as you have observed, there is no follow through. Many times the delay is out of ignorance of the organization process and understanding rights of both the employee pharmacist and the employer preparatory to collective bargaining. Or the pharmacist is concerned about retaliation by the employer. But as corporate America continues to predominate the employer market, we will see this trend expanding.

You should know that after each of the phone calls, I tell myself that I should really write an article, of maybe a “how-to” newsletter. The Guild, after 33 years, is progressing to the 21st century with plans of expanding our presence in the profession.

Please feel free to call me at our Woodland Hills, Calif office (818) 992-0475 if you have specific questions or suggestions of how we might proceed to support the pharmacy profession.

Thank you for your kind words.


Claudia Myles, Pharm.D., J.D.

Executive Director

Guild For Professional Pharmacists




  1. AJ  •  Jul 11, 2013 @5:43 pm

    A union is only as strong as the will of it’s members to go on strike. How many pharmacists can afford to go on strike for a day? You think one day will do anything? There is some history for us to look back at. Walgreens Rphs in the Chicago area went on strike a few years ago. Walgreens busted the strike in less than 10 days. The pharmacists got bitch slapped and came back for far less than what was offered before the strike. A union is not the answer.
    The only way change will occur is if the public demands it. You think John Q. Public cares about a 100k a year pharmacist not getting a lunch break?

  2. Barto  •  Jul 12, 2013 @3:05 pm

    I have had and this may sound odd the pleasure to work with the Guild as a supervisor so I was on the opposite side of the table. They were always reasonable and professional and their agenda was always about moving the profession forward. Not the entrenched fighting that I had with the technicians union.

    In response to AJ a strike of about 3 days would have a tremendous impact. The lack of access to pharmacy services by members would send the insurance companies in to a tail spin and they would come down hard on the chains. Also the government would stand up and take notice. As a profession we are at the “Now or Never” point.

  3. AJ  •  Jul 12, 2013 @4:26 pm

    No it wouldn’t Barto. Do a Google on Walgreens Chicago pharmacists strike. Sorry to dissappoint you but the company has plenty of notice when the pharmacists go on strike. They bring in pharmacists from other cities and states to fill the slots. Not one day of business was lost. Who looked bad in the end? The cry baby 100k a year pharmacists.
    Its all about the publics perception. That perception is not good.

  4. pharmacyslave2000  •  Jul 12, 2013 @4:43 pm

    Have to agree with AJ. Rite Aid pharmacists and front end staff in and around the Cleveland, OH area went on strike about 2 years ago I believe. It was a minimal number of unionized stores, about 9-10 if I remember correctly. Rite Aid simply called in replacement workers, i.e. other regular staff from surrounding areas who wanted some extra money, and business proceeded pretty much as normal. These employees were more than willing to do it! I never heard if anything actually changed for those stores.
    In order for a strike to work, it would have to occur on a HUGE scale. It would have to be covered nationwide by the media. It would have to effectively stop all pharmacy business. That’s not going to happen. Anything else just makes out profession look even worse in the eyes of the general public and gives our employers more ammo to use against us.

  5. AJ  •  Jul 12, 2013 @6:08 pm

    I hate to break it to “The Guild” but you guys are a waste of time. You have no leverage. Without leverage you have no power and with no power you have no reason to exist. Sorry to be blunt but it is the truth.

  6. broncofan7  •  Jul 12, 2013 @10:50 pm

    Written by AJ, whose idea of “practicing Pharmacy” consists of looking at financially incentivized “clinical data” which is the product of collusion between the manufacturer of Drug A with the PBM he works for so as to exclude Drugs B, C and D from the formulary. “Pay to play” is the way, right AJ? Now that’s the BLUNT TRUTH.

  7. Cvsconsumesyoursoul  •  Jul 14, 2013 @10:56 pm

    The cvs guild contract excludes the pharmacist in charge of whom are probably the most abused pharmacy employee there…

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