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?
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.
Guild For Professional Pharmacists