After more than 4 months of attempting to bargain a new contract for both the pharmacists and the remainder of the store, we finally negotiated an acceptable contract settlement for the clerks, meat cutters and pharmacy techs. This agreement did not come easy. Our members participated in rallies, boycotts and other consumer action for several months. These actions forced the companies to the bargaining table and remain there for almost 96 hours of nonstop bargaining and finally a mutually acceptable contract.
During these 96 hours, we repeatedly asked the companies to negotiate our pharmacist contract. Finally, we received an insulting, inadequate offer of increases of only 50¢ per hour per year. Your Union knows this is far below industry standards and is not acceptable.
Pharmacy negotiations are still in progress, therefore, pharmacists will not be voting on their contract this Monday, August 8th and Tuesday August 9th.
In order to devote adequate time to fully address all pharmacist issues, we agreed with the companies that we should set a separate day, August 22, for the purpose of solely focusing on bargaining on behalf of the Albertsons/Vons and Ralphs pharmacists.
We will communicate with you following negotionations on August 22nd. If we are successful, we will schedule an update meeting and vote. If we are not successful, we will schedule an update conference call to discuss possible actions to put pressure on the companies.
We understand how hard you work and the increasing demands and workload in the Retail Pharmacies. Unfortunately, your companies have not demonstrated that they share this understanding. This may require that we engage in actions with the customers to put additional pressure on the stores. We urge all pharmacists to show the same solidarity and strength as did you union brothers and sisters in the remainder of the store.
If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.
YOUR VOICE IS OUR POWER!