06/11/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/11/2019 10:00
After going five years with no wage increases, members of Local units 993 and 993-01 in North Huntingdon, Pa., have won major improvements in their latest contract with mail-in pharmaceutical giant Express Scripts.
The 88 pharmacists and approximately 250 pharmaceutical support workers and technicians obtained wage increases across the board-7.5 percent over three years-and fought to lift the wage cap by $2. Bargaining began in May and came during a time of corporate leadership transitions due to the company's 2018 sale to Cigna.
'It was a difficult round of negotiations, but after no raises and previous wage freezes, it was good work by the committee to get a fair contract,' said Local Union President Harry Harris. 'We all take great pride in the work we do here and it feels good knowing we have an agreement that is reflective of that.'
Express Scripts will also now pay for the pharmacists' licenses, something the bargaining committee has been working toward for years.
The workers at the North Huntingdon site process over one million medical prescriptions a week for patients across the country. Only four of the company's original 11 facilities remain open in the United States.