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.
Teamsters Local 727 representatives will be holding feedback sessions with CVS pharmacists to discuss workplace issues. Times and locations for feedback sessions are based on pharmacists' availability.
ATTENTION CVS PHARMACISTS: Do Not Be Fooled by CVS’s Desperate Attempts to Misinform You about Contract Negotiations
04.23.19 - Last week, Teamsters Local 727 filed two new unfair labor practice charges against CVS after learning that members of CVS management (Pooja Patel and Kevin Murphy) had allegedly engaged in union surveillance, including questioning members about their union membership, activity, and benefits. Adding insult to injury, CVS allegedly attempted to circumvent the Union and deal directly with members which is a clear violation of federal labor law.
Don’t be Fooled by the Company’s Tactics, CVS’s Actions Prove It Can’t be Trusted
04.18.19 - Yesterday, Teamsters Local 727 filed two new unfair labor practice charges against CVS for the Company’s heinous union surveillance activities and attempts to circumvent the Union and deal directly with employees. The Union’s charges stem from recent reports made by pharmacists to Local 727 of CVS District Leads and Supervisors allegedly cornering Teamster pharmacists and questioning them about the Union’s activities and their views on the ongoing contract negotiations.
List of ULP Charges Against CVS Grows as Local 727 Files New Charge with the NLRB
02.26.19 - Teamsters Local 727 has filed a new unfair labor practice charge with two allegations against CVS in response to the Company’s failure to provide information and its failure to bargain in good faith over the two step verification process. Under federal law, CVS is obligated to maintain the status quo while negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement are ongoing with Local 727.
CVS Proves It Doesn’t Care About its Employees by Making Outrageous Regressive Proposal
01.24.19 - CVS management stooped to an unparalleled low as negotiations resumed today between the Company and Teamsters Local 727. Not only has CVS’s delay tactics dragged negotiations into a fourth calendar year, but the Company’s latest regressive offer has made it clear that the Company is bargaining in bad faith with no intention of reaching an agreement.
12.12.18 - The Teamsters Local 727 bargaining committee and CVS management met once again Monday, December 10th, to continue negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement. While Local 727 was prepared to discuss CVS’s response to the last, best, and final offer (LBFO) presented by the Union during the parties’ previous bargaining session, CVS arrived to the meeting empty-handed.
Local 727 ULP Charge Results in CVS Adjusting Behavior During Negotiations
12.04.18 - Teamsters Local 727 has withdrawn the Unfair Labor Practice charge filed against CVS in September as a result of the Company’s abrupt change in behavior. The Union initially filed the ULP charge with the National Labor Relations Board in response to CVS’s bad faith delay tactics throughout negotiations and refusal to provide the Union with bargaining dates in a timely fashion.
Teamsters Local 727 Presents CVS with Last, Best, Final Offer for Chicagoland Pharmacist Contract
11.19.18 - With months of CVS refusing to make any real movement to reach an agreement, Teamsters Local 727 has taken the bold step of presenting management with the union’s own last, best, and final offer (LBFO) during the parties’ latest bargaining session on Wednesday, November 14th.
CVS Claims Abysmal Behavior During Negotiations is "Not Personal"
10.09.18 - CVS sparked outrage last Wednesday during negotiations with Teamsters Local 727 when the Company’s negotiators claimed their stingy contract proposals and disrespectful behavior throughout negotiations and mediation—processes which CVS has dragged out for more than two years—are “not personal, just business.”
Disrespectful, Dismissive, Delays, CVS’s Bad Faith Bargaining Continues
09.26.18 - Teamsters Local 727 and CVS (NYSE: CVS) resumed negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement Friday, September 21st, for the first time since Local 727 demanded a return to face-to-face negotiations. With no mediator to hide behind, CVS negotiators were forced to face their employees and speak directly to the Union.
Local 727 Files New Unfair Labor Practice Charge Against CVS
09.07.18 - Today, Teamsters Local 727 filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against CVS (NYSE: CVS) as a result of the Company’s bad faith bargaining after negotiators continued delay tactics and refused to provide the Union with multiple dates for negotiations.
Teamsters Local 727 Demands Return to Face-to-Face Negotiations Citing CVS’s Abuse of the Mediation Process
08.31.18 - Teamsters Local 727 has demanded a return to face-to-face negotiations with CVS (NYSE: CVS) following nearly two years of Company negotiators stalling and refusing to bargaining in good faith during Federal Mediation.
CVS Stalls, Wastes Time, Refuses to Speak to Its Employee Bargaining Committee Members
07.18.18 - Mediation resumed between Teamsters Local 727 and CVS management on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. While Local 727 approached last month’s meeting prepared to negotiate in good faith a new collective bargaining agreement, CVS persisted in wasting time by refusing to work constructively with the Union bargaining committee.
03.27.18 - Since September 22, 2016, when federal mediation began between Teamsters Local 727 and CVS, there have been numerous negotiating sessions in which a new collective bargaining agreement could be reached. In each session, the Union has shown a willingness to bargain in good faith. In contrast, CVS has pursued a strategy of delay whereby it refuses to respond to or discuss Local 727’s proposals and, instead, recuses itself to a conference room without engaging with the Union.
CVS Continues to Waste Union’s Time During Latest Mediation Session
03.21.18 - The Teamsters Local 727 Bargaining Committee and CVS management held another mediation session for a new collective bargaining agreement on March 20, 2018. While the Union was willing and prepared to negotiate in good faith, CVS continued its delay tactics.
02.07.18 - The Teamsters Local 727 Bargaining Committee and CVS management have held numerous mediation sessions for a new collective bargaining agreement. While the Union has sought in each session to reach a fair deal, CVS refuses to negotiate in good faith, instead wasting everybody’s time and accomplishing nothing by the end of the day’s session.
01.26.18 - Members are welcomed to join Teamsters Local 727 CVS Union Business Representative Melissa Senatore for an update on the status of the ongoing contract negotiations between Local 727 and CVS. Members can also discuss any questions or concerns they have regarding the negotiations during these meetings.
CVS Shows Disregard for Pharmacists’ Concerns by Wasting Time During Latest Mediation Session
10.05.17 - The Teamsters Local 727 Bargaining Committee and CVS management resumed negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement on October 3, 2017. The Union, as in previous negotiations, was forthright in expressing its desire to reach a fair agreement. Unfortunately, CVS continued to waste time and make no movement.
09.27.17 - Teamsters Local 727 and CVS management are headed back to the negotiating table Tuesday, October 3, 2017, and will continue mediation for a new contract. The Union is continuing to fight for the demands from pharmacists and is eager to see long-awaited movement from CVS.
CVS Again Wastes Time in Latest Round of Negotiation
07.27.17 - The Teamsters Local 727 Bargaining Committee and CVS management continued negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Just like the last meeting between the two parties, the Union wasted no time in expressing its willingness to reach a deal.
CVS Wastes Time, Refuses to Make Movement in Latest Round of Mediation
05.25.17 - The Teamsters Local 727 Bargaining Committee and CVS management continued negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017. The union wasted no time in expressing its willingness to reach a deal; however, CVS delayed in responding to the federal mediator’s supposal, which, if accepted by CVS, would signify huge movement from the union. Although CVS took five hours to respond, management offered no movement.
08.15.16 -- After three weeks of ignoring the union, CVS management has finally responded to Teamsters Local 727’s request to enter federal mediation. The first mediation meeting is scheduled for Sept. 22.
Teamsters Local 727 Demands Return to Face-to-Face Negotiations Citing CVS’s Abuse of the Mediation Process
07.31.18 -Teamsters Local 727 has demanded a return to face-to-face negotiations with CVS (NYSE: CVS) following nearly two years of Company negotiators stalling and refusing to bargaining in good faith during Federal Mediation.
Record Turnout at CVS Contract Negotiations Update Meeting
04.25.18 - A record number of CVS pharmacists met at Teamsters Local 727’s Union Hall in Park Ridge on Sunday evening, April 15th to hear the latest updates on contract negotiations and their options going forward despite CVS management’s unwillingness to make any movement during contract negotiations.
CVS Management Confirms That Union Pharmacists Are Not Required to Work at Off-Site Immunization Clinics
08.09.17 - Recently, it came to the Union’s attention that CVS management had allegedly asked bargaining unit pharmacists to set up and/or work at off-site immunization clinics. The Union immediately contacted CVS and informed them that CVS may not make any unilateral changes to bargaining unit work, which this would have been, without first negotiating the topic with the Union.
Chicago Tribune Highlights Union’s Efforts to Reform Pharmacy Work Standards
07.14.17 - Teamsters Local 727 represents more than 640 pharmacists at Osco and CVS, and the union has seen first-hand how a lack of adequate work standards can be detrimental to both pharmacists and to the public they serve. That’s why Local 727, in conjunction with Teamster pharmacists and other allies, has been advocating for new pharmacy work standards for Illinois pharmacies to follow.
Local 727 Files Labor Board Charge Against CVS for Unilateral Changes Affecting Part-Time Employees
06.13.17 - Teamsters Local 727 filed an unfair labor practice charge with Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board against CVS for implementing unlawful unilateral changes concerning part-time employees. After recently instituting a new time-keeping system for part-time employees, CVS, without notifying or bargaining with the union, is now requiring part-time pharmacists to clock in and out manually.
New Pharmacy Standards Legislation Expected to Pass Unopposed in the Illinois House
06.05.17 - Updated pharmacy work rules that make working conditions more manageable for Illinois pharmacists are a step closer to becoming reality. Illinois House Bill 3462 is poised to officially pass both chambers in the Illinois State House, with no opposition, when the House reconvenes later this summer.
Local 727 Negotiates Settlement to Reinstate Laid Off CVS Pharmacists
04.13.17 - After bringing CVS to the brink of an arbitration hearing, Teamsters Local 727 negotiated a settlement to reinstate 12 pharmacists who had been laid off in March as a result of CVS store closures. All recalled pharmacists will be reinstated at their base hours held at the time of layoff.
Local 727 Fights for Passage of New Pharmacy Work Rules in Chicago
03.15.17 -- An ordinance was recently introduced by Ald. Edward Burke that mirrors the language of House Bill 2392, which calls for new pharmacy work rules. Teamsters Local 727 is determined to see that the ordinance gets a fair hearing in the Chicago City Council.
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.”