- Pharmacy staff at select U.S. Walgreens plan a walkout between Monday and Wednesday.
- Employees are protesting burdensome prescription and vaccination tasks.
- Walgreens states they are addressing concerns, boosting wages and offering hiring bonuses.
Pharmacy employees across various Walgreens stores in the U.S., ranging from pharmacists and technicians to support staff, are planning a walkout next week, as revealed by CNN via an organizing source.
Reportedly, while some of the employees intend to partake in the walkout for just a single day, there are others who anticipate closing their pharmacies for the entire three-day duration.
These actions have been reported to involve employees from three states.
The main driver behind this drastic action? Employees have voiced that they’re being overwhelmed by “burdensome prescription and vaccination expectations” according to the same report.
Walgreens has already responded to these looming actions.
In an official email, the company stated, “We are making significant investments in pharmacist wages and hiring bonuses to attract/retain talent in harder to staff locations.”
This suggests that the company is not only acknowledging the grievances but is actively working to address them.
To place this event within a broader context, just this week the U.S. healthcare sector witnessed its most massive strike ever.
Kaiser Permanente’s nurses, medical technicians, and other supporting staff went on strike across hospitals and clinics, lasting for a total of 72 hours. With 75,000 workers participating, the strike ended on Friday.
Both sides have agreed to jumpstart the halted contract talks.
However, union leaders have signaled potential future walkouts, highlighting the tensions still present.
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