Teamsters Local 727 Business Representative Melissa Senatore directly represents members working at CVS pharmacies across the Chicago area. Any CVS member who has an issue at work, including questions about the contract, potential grievances or private matters, do not hesitate to contact Melissa or the Local 727 union office immediately via phone or email.
Local 727 Informs CVS Executives of Negotiators’ Continuing Poor Behavior at the Bargaining Table
02.21.20 - In light of CVS’s recent press release, in which the Company stated that it “values the feedback of our pharmacists,” Teamsters Local 727 Secretary-Treasurer John Coli, Jr., once again wrote to CVS executives to relay pharmacists concerns and update the Company’s leadership on CVS negotiators’ continuing poor behavior at the bargaining table.
CVS Claims Years of Overworking and Undervaluing Pharmacists is Justifiable Because ‘There Hasn’t Been a Mass Exodus’ of Workers
02.05.20 - Teamsters Local 727 and representatives of retail pharmacy giant CVS (NYSE: CVS) returned to the bargaining table on Thursday, January 30, marking the first time in over a year that the parties met to continue negotiating a successor collective bargaining agreement for CVS pharmacists. The meeting was scheduled as a result of the Union’s recent win at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of Appeals regarding numerous unfair labor practice charges filed by Local 727 over CVS’s bad faith negotiating tactics.
CVS Finally Agrees to Meet with Union on January 30 as a Result of Local 727’s Recent NLRB Victory
01.21.20 - Teamsters Local 727 and CVS will meet for their next bargaining session on Thursday, January 30 to continue negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement covering CVS pharmacists. This bargaining session will be the first between the parties in over a year and is only occurring as a result of Local 727’s unwavering pursuit of justice and the Union’s recent win at the National Labor Relation Board’s Office of Appeals.
Pharmacists Do NOT Have to Attend Meetings in Bensenville without Union Representation
02.19.20 - Teamsters Local 727 recently learned that CVS has begun scheduling meetings with pharmacists at the Company’s Bensenville facility without a Union representative present. Immediately upon being informed, the Union notified management that such meetings may constitute direct dealing and, as such, would be a violation of the unfair labor practice settlement agreement signed by CVS last month.
As a Result of Union’s NLRB Victory, CVS Has Begun Notifying Pharmacists of Rescinded Discipline or Negative Performance Reviews Related to Two-Step Verification System
01.28.20 - Teamsters Local 727 is proud to report that CVS management has begun rescinding any discipline or negative performance reviews stemming from the two-step verification system. This overturning of previously issued discipline and negative reviews is a direct result of the Union’s persistence at the National Labor Relations Board, which resulted in the Region’s merit finding on the unilateral change unfair labor practice charge filed by Local 727.
Local 727 Demands CVS Bargain Over Upcoming Store and Benefit Changes
11.22.19 - Teamsters Local 727 recently learned that CVS management is making plans to modify the hours of operation of approximately 21 Chicagoland stores, close 1 local store, and introduce changes to the Company-provided benefit plans. CVS is allegedly planning to implement these changes in January 2020. Immediately after the Union was informed of these plans, Local 727 Lead Business Representative Melissa Senatore demanded the Company bargain over the changes.
Proposed Amendments to IL Pharmacy Practice Act Do Not Align with Task Force Recommendations, Local 727 Maintains Further Reform Necessary
10.31.19 - Earlier this month, the Illinois Pharmaceutical Task Force submitted its final report and recommendations for modifying the Illinois Pharmacy Practice Act (PPA) to the state legislature. Illinois State Representative Michael Zalewski last week appears to have used the Task Force’s recommendations to draft and submit an official proposal for amending the PPA to the Illinois House of Representatives. While Zalewski’s proposed amendments largely align with the report’s recommendations, there appear to be areas where the state representative’s amendments depart from the Task Force’s carefully chosen and agreed upon language.
If you are called into a meeting and have reason to believe that disciplinary action may be imposed, you have the right to have your union representative present during the meeting.
Read this statement to management: “If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I request my union representative be present at the meeting. Without representation, I choose not to answer any questions. This is my right under the U.S. Supreme Court decision called Weingarten.”