pharmacist layoffs

Since: Feb 12

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#21 Mar 6, 2012
WagHag wrote:
My district- all daytime staff rphs at 24 hour stores cut to 32 hours. Overnight rphs stay the same as do rxm. No store hour changes. No news yet on non-24 hour rphs. We were one of the top 10 stores in the company a year ago, now down 35% in rx volume. Still gonna suck to do 800 on a mon with 2 day and 1 night rph.
Why? Was it due to having middle shifts rphs that have to have hours?
newby

Mukwonago, WI

#22 Mar 6, 2012
Surprising how one man's greed takes out the livelihoods of many other decent people with no impunity!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Feb 12

Siler City, NC

#23 Mar 6, 2012
Rph wrote:
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Why would it be different? I don't know what you're implying with "living wage" but as long as someone lives in the US there is no such thing as a non-livable wage. It all depends on your sense of entitlement. Food, clothing, and shelter is affordable on minimum wage. The problem lies in people who feel they are entitled to more and higher qualities of the basics. No you cant live in a 4 BR condo in NYC on minimum wage but that doesnt mean you cant find somewhere to live. Its absurd what some people define as "taking care of their families." Do I enjoy things that someone on minimum wage doesnt? Yes. Do I earn it? Yes. Am I overpaid? Obviously the people who pay me don't believe so. Could I live on 32 hours? Obviously, but not at the same standards I do now. If I were forced to cut back to 32 hours I would do 1 of 2 things: Work to find a full time position that maintains my standards or I would lower my standards. That simple yet people believe they deserve so much more. Your choices determine the outcome of your life 98% of the time. If Walgreen's cuts your pay and you feel you deserve more then find someone who pays you what you deserve. If youre not happy about Wasson's pay then work for someone who doesnt make as much. If you cant then you cant. Its no one elses fault. That's my philosophy. You can choose to agree or disagree but it makes sense.
FINALLY. A voice of reason in a desert of insanity. Too bad you will be flamed by the entitled 49%.
Fwag

Cleveland, OH

#25 Mar 6, 2012
Waghag, I am in the same area and received the same news yesterday even though "Cleveland" shows as my city. 37 in our area are reduced to 32 hours.
Beach

Des Plaines, IL

#26 Mar 6, 2012
Chicago-land part time rphs have lost their splits. In case you haven't had the visit , you will. All part time pharmacists will have to obtain hours from floating, based on seniority.
32isthenew40

Cambridge, WI

#27 Mar 6, 2012
32isthenew40
rphPa

United States

#29 Mar 6, 2012
Wow, I know in the eastern PA area they have hired all new RPH at 32 hours. How can people who have mortgages, family's etc gonna do it with 16 hour pay cut per pay period being a senior pharmacist. Jersey was hit hard with esi loss and they closed most 24 hour stores. Many overnight RPH were told they are now part time and can't be given more than 8 hours. This is getting really crazy and due to the proliferation of pharmacy schools and the lack of new stores we have no leverage anymore. Time to find another career because there is no better option. Also, be ready for store managers becoming your immediate boss. Pharmacy supervisor is being changed drastically and will no longer be your boss. They are being reassigned to sales services.
WagHag

Gretna, LA

#30 Mar 7, 2012
Just got a call to do b rate. Seems we can't cover shifts- after cutting all those rphs to 32 hours. Hmmm.... Too bad I can't do it. Maybe Wasson will?
pop

East Northport, NY

#31 Mar 7, 2012
sales services? what is that exaclty

Since: Feb 12

Location hidden

#32 Mar 7, 2012
We actually have a shortage of Techs in our area....most who had a few hours cut just end up making it up at another store. So aside from having to maybe travel to another store the hour cuts really haven't affected techs very much at all.....at least in this area.
Geraldo

Houston, TX

#33 Mar 7, 2012
pop wrote:
sales services? what is that exaclty
Well I know mine is assigned the duty to call employers in the area to try and steer their businesses to WAG.
what to do

Plainfield, IL

#34 Mar 7, 2012
WagHag wrote:
My district- all daytime staff rphs at 24 hour stores cut to 32 hours. Overnight rphs stay the same as do rxm. No store hour changes. No news yet on non-24 hour rphs. We were one of the top 10 stores in the company a year ago, now down 35% in rx volume. Still gonna suck to do 800 on a mon with 2 day and 1 night rph.
Did you have to sign paperwork saying that it was voluntary?
Altec Lansing

Houston, TX

#35 Mar 8, 2012
and the hits just keep on coming: March 8th, 2012
The Walgreen Co. warns it may lay off 123 workers in Miami Lakes, according to a state notice.
The Deerfield, Ill.-based company filed a Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notice with the state of Florida on March 1 warning of mass layoffs from the closing of the central pharmacy operation portion of its Miami Lakes facility at 14901 N.W. 79th Court.
The layoffs are expected to take place around May 1 and the company (NYSE: WAG) expects the closure to be permanent, according to a letter to the state from Cassie Jesse, human resources manager. The letter did not address the reason for the pharmacy operation closure.
Positions being eliminated include group manager, central utility specialist, resolution center specialist and patient prescriber review operator.
STLouis

Independence, MO

#36 Mar 8, 2012
Altec Lansing wrote:
and the hits just keep on coming: March 8th, 2012
The Walgreen Co. warns it may lay off 123 workers in Miami Lakes, according to a state notice.
The Deerfield, Ill.-based company filed a Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notice with the state of Florida on March 1 warning of mass layoffs from the closing of the central pharmacy operation portion of its Miami Lakes facility at 14901 N.W. 79th Court.
The layoffs are expected to take place around May 1 and the company (NYSE: WAG) expects the closure to be permanent, according to a letter to the state from Cassie Jesse, human resources manager. The letter did not address the reason for the pharmacy operation closure.
Positions being eliminated include group manager, central utility specialist, resolution center specialist and patient prescriber review operator.
Sad! At least they will get severance and unemployment since it is closing.
pop

East Northport, NY

#37 Mar 8, 2012
pop wrote:
sales services? what is that exaclty
Well I know mine is assigned the duty to call employers in the area to try and steer their businesses to WAG.....

their paying these people 6 figures still to make phone calls, they do nothing all day as it is. i dont get it, along with the dm lp dtss, they do shit why are they not gone now they serve no value.

warn notice: holy crap i remember when my wife got that working at another company years ago. that was how all the dominoes started to fall there.

this place has become a joke and i hope they offer some severance so i can just take it and go. i dont care anymore about any of this not customers employees nothing, im fried

come on express/medco hurry and merge!!!!!!!!!!
pharmacist

Oak Park, IL

#38 Mar 8, 2012
Beach wrote:
Chicago-land part time rphs have lost their splits. In case you haven't had the visit , you will. All part time pharmacists will have to obtain hours from floating, based on seniority.
How are they losing their splits? Are you talking about only the stores that are going 9-9? Do you think the outcome will be different in Chicago compared to the rest of the country? Chicago RPH's are unionized.

Since: Feb 12

Arlington, TX

#39 Mar 9, 2012
While I agree that Pharmacists earn their pay, especially since the cuts in hours, I have more sympathy for the techs and svc clerks earning a pittance for their efforts and are forced to take a cut. Rph you need a reality check if you believe someone can make it on minimum wage. You suggest the government programs but people like you seem to come across as are the first to call someone lazy who uses them. Do the math $7.50/hr times 40 = $300 or less than what you will be giving up by losing 1 shift.
WagHag

Gretna, LA

#40 Mar 9, 2012
FormerMgr wrote:
While I agree that Pharmacists earn their pay, especially since the cuts in hours, I have more sympathy for the techs and svc clerks earning a pittance for their efforts and are forced to take a cut. Rph you need a reality check if you believe someone can make it on minimum wage. You suggest the government programs but people like you seem to come across as are the first to call someone lazy who uses them. Do the math $7.50/hr times 40 =$300
or less than what you will be giving up by losing 1 shift.
1 pharmacist shift $50(or more) per hour x 8 hours =$400 a week and more than $20,000 a year. It is a huge paycut- and one with no government programs to bandage. Show some consideration.
what to do

Plainfield, IL

#41 Mar 9, 2012
WagHag wrote:
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1 pharmacist shift $50(or more) per hour x 8 hours =$400 a week and more than $20,000 a year. It is a huge paycut- and one with no government programs to bandage. Show some consideration.
Exactly! And not many technicians have 6 figure student loans. The vast majority of technicians I've worked with are students, young kids just getting started in the workforce or older women working for supplementary income to their husband's jobs. A pharmacist's job is one that a lot of us took on huge student loans to attain, and one that is the sole source of income for many of us who worked and studied VERY hard in school for many years for what we thought would be a secure career. Taking that much of a pay cut while trying to pay for loans, mortgages etc. is a big deal. I do often wonder why technicians put up with such crappy working conditions, but it would be much easier for them to find some other type of employment at equal or better pay than it would be for us.
ThickGlasses

Tempe, AZ

#42 Mar 9, 2012
CVS is pilfering techs in the Phoenix market, en masse. That's what happens when you tell someone who's been a tech for Walgreens for 5 years that if they want to keep their job they'll have to move to front store. The techs I know are proud to be so. It isn't some throwaway temporary job. Asking a tech to be anything other is an insult.

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