I filched this from Drug Topice. I welcome them having a problem. Julia Talsma fired me after 25 years. She said that my writing was no longer relevant because I retired and did not haul Walgreens ashes anymore. Bullshit. Drug Topics had been bought by a British media company and you can bet your daughter’s dance lessons on the truth being that the new owner ordered Julia to cut overhead and my $400 for 750 words each month was low hanging fruit. Creatively, I was never impressed with Julia. The one with some real editorial chops is Julianne Stein. I BELIEVE YOU CAN TRUST Julianne, Eddie. She works in a foxhole, so give her a btrak.
The following is the work of Eddie Morales and clearly edited by Julianne. Make sure they pay you, Eddie.
There has been talk of unionization for years now among pharmacists, but so far, it has been only that — talk. What makes the union talk going on now any different? Why is it now more important than ever to seek out a union? Why should we even bother to join a union?
For one thing, the pharmacy industry is getting larger, and therefore, more out of our control. As chains strive to merge or to be the largest or to become No. 1, they have turned the “profession” of pharmacy into the “job” of pharmacy, and we are letting it happen.
Key Performance Metrics drive expansion
It is easy to see that an oligarchy can be just as dangerous as a monopoly. Key Performance Metrics (KPM) constitute the driving force behind this phenomenon, because they tell corporate headquarters exactly what it needs to know in order to expand the chain.
See also: Key performance metrics and aue discrimination in pharmacy
Corporations need brutal numbers, to which they can peg the minimum number of technician hours, less pharmacist overlap, increased workload, and increased managerial tasks, and they need to accomplish these goals by forcing pharmacists to work as many extra hours without compensation as possible.
Does being the No. I chain really call for mistreating pharmacists? Does being the No. I chain justify the disrespect pharmacists are getting across this country? I once overheard one pharmacy supervisor tell another, “I expect my pharmacy managers to put in 50 to 60 hours a week.”
The game-changer: Social media
In the past, such disrespect and abuse have gone unnoticed (or been ignored) by politicians, pharmacy boards, and the public. In the past, one of pharmacists’ major problems has been lack of public awareness of working conditions in the pharmacy. Until relatively recently, social media were not available to get the word out.
See also: Pharmacists’ futures and the math behind unionization
Now pharmacists have a fighting chance. FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogs, YouTube, and phone cameras now make it easy to report what is going on in chain-store pharmacies.
The public has been unaware of what is happening to pharmacists. Through public media, we can make it known, and politicians and boards of pharmacy will have no choice but to take action.
NOW FROM JP. TERRIFIC, EDDIE. KEEP THE PRESSURE ON. WE JUST HAVE TO WAKE THESE PEOPLE UP. PHARMACISTS ARE HIGHLY TRAINED MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND THEY LET COMMUNITY COLLEGE NIGHT SCHOOL DROP OUTS PUSH THEM AROUND. RPhs BREAK THE LAW ALL DAY LONG TO SATISFY THE HUNGER OF THE METRICS.
You guys do what I tellon you and nobody will push you around. Your job will be secure. They cnnot fire you, float team you or anything else. That would be retaliation and illegak.
I wrote about this in my first post. Do it. Call me or Goose or Steve Ariens. We will counsel you for free. That is usually only available to members of The Pharmacy Alliance. Right now, we just want to see some guts, some steel in your back bones.
But one of the spy pens. I will direct you to pharmacy Rite-Aid only because she had video of a non-pharmacist manager harassing her. When he blatantly asked for a blow job if she wanted her the job, she took a copy of her files to Rite-Aid HR and Rite-Aid settled JP