Harold Collier, the pharmacist who was terminated, is a bargaining committee member for the Teamsters. Since negotiations began, Local 727 representatives have met eight times with company officials in an effort to reach an agreement, to no avail. Teamsters Local 727 filed notice of Collier’s improper firing with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on May 8.
“After our investigation and watching the company stonewall us through the grievance process, it because obvious that Harold’s dismissal was just another cynical negotiating tactic,” said John Coli, Teamsters Local 727 secretary-treasurer and lead negotiator for the 400 pharmacists.
The union has represented Jewel-Osco pharmacists for more than three decades. During that time, there has never been a labor action.
“The Teamsters and Jewel-Osco have a long history of cooperation and flexibility at the negotiating table,” Coli said. “It is a shame that the company has decided not to engage in good faith bargaining.”