Pharmacy Contract Updates

June 21, 2022
Minimal progress was made in negotiations on Monday, June 20th, when the UFCW locals met with Albertsons, Vons, and Ralphs. In addition to fair wage increases, adequate staffing necessary to provide top-notch patient care and a part-time guarantee of hours sufficient to qualify for medical benefits continue to be the most significant issues in negotiations.

Your collective action of rescinding your alternative scheduling agreements is having an impact. The companies are struggling to create schedules that comply with the contract and have been illegally retaliating and threatening pharmacists to get them to agree to waive their overtime. Grievances and Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges protesting this illegal activity are proceeding. It is crucial that you continue to stay strong at this time to insist on a fair agreement.

Negotiations continue on July 13 and 22. Locals 770 and 324 will hold a Pharmacy Update call on Sunday, July 26th at 7:30 pm. Register at ufcw324.org/pharm-meeting

Can we count on you to show your support for a fair contract by attending an action on Monday, June 27th or Tuesday June 28th? More information is available at ufcw324.org/june27pharm

June 11, 2022
Save The Date! June 27, 2022 & June 28, 2022
Join us in supporting your union pharmacists at these essential handbill actions! Click links for flyers:

June 27, 2022 | 2 PM – 4 PM • Ralphs: 6290 Pacific Coast Hwy • Long Beach, CA 90803

June 28, 2022 | 2 PM – 4 PM • Pavilions: 8969 Santa Monica Blvd • West Hollywood, CA 95824

June 6, 2022
As we expected, the companies have started their campaign to intimidate and weaken us. The union is addressing pharmacists’ concerns, but it is important to stay strong. There will be a negotiations update Zoom meeting this Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 7:30PM. Register here: ufcw324.org/pharm-meeting.

June 3, 2022
At our meeting with the companies on June 1, 2022, they increased their wage offer to a disrespectful $.80 per year. Our work needs to be valued. 

Our next negotiations meeting is June 20, 2022 and in advance, we are planning a handbill action on June 27, 2022 from 2-4 pm at Ralphs 178 in Long Beach, 6290 Pacific Coast Hwy. If you are not scheduled to work, we need you there to show your support for your fellow pharmacists. More information on the action will follow.

June 1, 2022
The pharmacist bargaining committee just presented the revocation forms (revoking your agreement to waive overtime) signed by the vast majority of UFCW 324 pharmacists to the company negotiators. We expect that managers & supervisors may try to influence you to change your mind. This is an unfair labor practice & should be reported to your union representative immediately. 

Standing together, we hope that your companies will show you the respect you deserve with a fair contract offer.

May 17, 2022
There is a Zoom meeting Sunday May 22 at 7:30PM: https://ufcw324.org/pharm-522/. Please join us to talk about the insulting wages the companies are offering and what you can do to ensure important issues like staffing, waivers, safety and wages that affect your future and profession are taken into consideration in a good contract.

May 13, 2022
No progress was made at negotiations today, with employers continuing to only offer us 75 cents. This is unacceptable. We need to be ready to do whatever it takes to make the corporations acknowledge the value of our work. We must stand united. We will let you know when our next meeting dates are determined.

May 6, 2022
After five meetings, the companies are continuing to offer an insulting wage increase of 60 cents, 70 cents and 75 cents. Your bargaining committee has already signed their 12-Hour Alternative Waiver Rescission to show the companies we are ready to fight in preparation for our meeting next Friday. Keep an eye out on your email Monday to sign the waiver.

May 3, 2022
The article in Pharmacy Times: https://www.pharmacytoday.org/article/S1042-0991(22)00275-4/fulltext is a must-read for every pharmacist! It addresses relevant issues and the need for pharmacy reform. Pharmacists have an opportunity to improve working conditions during these contract negotiations. When you receive the UFCW sticker this week, wear it and show your support by sending a selfie to jenna@paschalroth.com. Thank you for your participation. Together we are stronger!

May 1, 2022
We are hosting a Zoom meeting May 1 at 7:30PM because important issues like staffing, waivers, safety and wages are being discussed that affect your future and profession. Please find the time to join us. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87068807495. Thank you.

April 12, 2022
We were unable to settle the pharmacist contract simultaneously with the clerks’ contract because the issues are complicated and will require input from our pharmacist bargaining committee. Pharmacist negotiations resume on Monday April 18, 2022 and several pharmacists have agreed to attend. We will update you following the meeting. We urge you to remain strong and united to achieve the contract you deserve.

March 21, 2022
Essential pharmacists deserve a fair contract that respects our work! Speak up & VOTE YES to authorize an Unfair Labor Practice Strike against Albertsons, Ralph’s, Vons, and Pavilions for undermining negotiations & workers’ right to representation. Join us on 3/22 for a zoom mtg for info on negotiations & the ULP Strike Vote. Register for the 8 AM mtg click here  or the 6 PM mtg click here. 

March 18, 2022
We are hosting an important union Zoom meeting on Tuesday, March 22nd at 8 AM or 6 PM to provide info on negotiations and the ULP Strike Vote. To register for the 8 AM mtg click here or the 6 PM mtg click here.  

March 14, 2022
We’ve had several meetings with the companies to discuss phamacists’ concerns but we’ve made no progress on the issues most important to grocery store pharmacists. We need to take action today! Sign this petition here https://bit.ly/35XcR1Z to show our strength for a contract that recognizes our value.

March 3, 2022
Check out this video message from Jean Drexler, pharmacist steward and bargaining committee member: https://vimeo.com/684029587/c5df25ed66 on getting involved with contract negotiations!

We have a union Zoom mtg on March 6 at 6:30 PM for pharmacists. Register here: bit.ly/34aVUAk 

February 17, 2022
Our union contract expires March 6th! Throughout the pandemic, we’ve made sure we’ve provided critical services to our communities. Now more than ever, we need to stand up to make workplace improvements!

We will be having a Zoom union meeting every two weeks starting Feb 20th @ 6:30 PM to discuss important issues.