Communicate, communicate, communicate. If they can do this in the shadows, it will be a slam dunk for them. If the entire professional working corp is watching, it can’t be that easy. Talk about this, you guys.
I’m a frequent reader of your blog and want to pass on some new information I got.
I just gave a copy to Rite Aid in Northern California. After business, we discussed new happenings in Northern California and he said there are 2 more new pharmacy schools coming to California within next year or two.
He says Walgreens in San Francisco Bay AQrea is now (or will soon) be offering new graduates $40/hr, 30 hr weeks, with no benefits, that’s it. For me that’d be a $20/hr pay cut, the pharmacist said that for him that’s almost $30/hr pay cut, not to mention the No Benefits provision.
Just passing along this unverified info. It’s not good news for pharmacy, if true.
Tony in The Pacific Northwest
There have been questions about the Guild and The Pharmacy Alliance. Here are the links.
Comment from Pharmacist Bob
Slave–like JP says, we need to communicate! How do you get in touch with every pharmacist in the country –create a new pharmacist app for android etc.? If I could act like a god it would be so easy, the chains would be our slaves. In the end we need a national union, a new national pharmacist organization and both could lobby for laws that benefit our profession.
You have a national pharmacist organization. THE PHARMACY ALLIANCE. Geez, you guys. Open your eyes. You have a national union. THE GUILD FOR PROFESSIONAL PHARMACISTS. Geez, you guys. Open your eyes. The Pharmacy Alliance, all you have to do is join and be willing to participate. The Guild. Not so easy. You do it as a group, like open and available and voted yay or nay by all CVS pharmacists in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for example. Majority wins. There are steps that have to be followed. I do not know what they are, but I can tell you that the process will be replete with company intimidation, Company courting, promises implied if you vote Nay. I was involved with a Guild campaign in the 1990s. The Pay n Save pharmacists in King County (Seattle) were organizing. A Guild representative came out to the hinterlands to convey the message that the King County pharmacists were requesting that we join them. The problem was that we were not protected. Since it was a King County vote, they could not be fired. The King County action was official and the pharmacists had to be hired back after the strike was settled. The guys in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, Fidalgo and other areas outside of Seattle had no protections. Bad planning. Bad, bad planning. Then, Pay n Save started the rumor that they could not afford what the Guild wanted and that the company would have to close stores to survive. The Guild came back with the advice to take loans from our 401k investments to hold us over during the strike. The strike happened and the company brought in Washington State licensed company pharmacists from all over.
The strike failed .. or did it? My staff pharmacist was an ex PIC with an enormous grudge. He went on strike, not understanding that he was not protected. I was ordered to send all of his personal belongings and his license to him by mail. When the strike ended I was told that he was fired. I went all out for this guy. I told my boss to get a heart. His entire career (30 YEARS) had been with Pay n Save. It took a few weeks, but they allowed him to come back. This was a mess, but it did not have to be that way. I blame the Guild and I blame the movers and shakers in Seattle. There has been a lot of growth in 20 years. The Guild represents pharmacists in some gold-plated places. The one I am most interested in is CVS in Southern California.
Very important, I believe… Everyone at the Guild is a pharmacist.