Jul 12, 2013
Some very strong people who have both feet in this game do not feel that unionizing is the solution. They do not want an adversarial relationship. They want Win Win. This is very generous and in an ideal professional business Win Win would work.
Those were my feelings exactly until recently. I doubt that Win Win is possible in many situations. When your supervisor threatens to fire you and hire a new pharmacist for 20% less wage, what about that is NOT adversarial? This is a good old-fashioned labor – management – ownership nose to nose fight. You are the Mexican villagers wearing white pajamas and straw hats and the company represents the bad ass gang that comes and takes the fruit of your labors every harvest season. In pharmacy, who represents the Magnificent Seven? Could it possibly be The Guild for Professional Pharmacists? Or, in a pinch, the Pharmacy Division of the Food Service Workers of America. I’d rather see the Guild since everyone involved is a pharmacist. There is much to think about or there is nothing more to think about. 7/19/2013
“Over here, guys. The druggist is getting beaten up and we have to help drag the company brute off.”
“Whatcho mean you aren’t worrying about the metrics. You gotta worry about the metrics or we will find someone who will worry about the metrics. For less money.”
“But, we can’t join your Guild, Meester Union Agitator, they will fire our colleagues indiscriminately. They will rape our burros and kidnap our sons
daughters. I mean wives. They will tighten up their metrics until we dream all night long about them. Win Win, how is that possible?”
I am revisiting this because of the wealth of comments when it was originally published. I recall 119 in like three days. What is it about this? When I put this up, I did not expect that much interest. JayPee
I have received a number of emails at my private email address (the one published here) from pharmacists (at least they claim to be pharmacists) who want to know why I allow pharmacists to camp out in the “Comments” and whine and complain. They tell me that the whiners and complainers should be doing something about it rather than just visiting sites where they can basically spend too much time metaphorically digitally jerking off .
I had one woman tell me that she would commit suicide rather than humiliate herself in such a manner. I asked and she told… She is the PIC of a pharmacy in a very small grocery chain in the middle of nowhere. The map shows that her town is almost 200 miles from the closest town with a chain drug store. I accused her of being insensitive. I told her that she needed to spend just one Monday morning, from 8:00 AM to 12:Noon, with the Lead Technician out sick, in your shoes. She wrote back that she had been a pharmacist for 12 years and, from experience, she knows that it cannot possibly be what you guys describe. I asked her why she did not express her feelings with a response in a comment here. She told me that she would not lower herself. She is a dignified woman who is professional in her work.
Poor girl. She just might have to suck the gas pipe if she had to make her living at Big Evil or Big Stupid.
My knee-jerk was to just tell her to “Eat Me”, but I behaved. What I told her was this.
“The pharmacists who write comments here are strong and decent people who see injustice and want to change it. They can’t help it that, right now, they are swimming in the rapids and barely know which end is up. Working conditions are one thing, but now they are seeing their brothers and sisters being killed off. They are being taken out back and being shot in the head. Damn good, veteran pharmacists are being fired simply because they are veterans. They are being fired because they are women. They are being let go because they have earned too much vacation, because the metrics suffer while they are counseling.”
These pharmacists are good men and women who did absolutely nothing wrong. They are being treated like galley slaves, factory-floor piece-work workers. They are decent human beings who want to help people, but all the MBA Masters of the Universe see are “The numbers”.
So, I ended up advising that she Eat Me. I suggested that if she pay attention to the comments that some of you may want to explain further.