Walgreen's is not paying their contra...

Walgreen's is not paying their contractors!

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hard working floor guy

Cape Canaveral, FL

#1 Jan 28, 2010
Ok so here is the story, a few months ago Walgreen’s Corporation did some restructuring this included their contracts for floor maintenance.The changes Walgreen’s Corporation made were nation wide, and we have heard similar stories from other people in other states. To keep my job I had to take a pay cut, as did many others including the contractors themselves, but in this economy we were just happy that I was working. Now we are dealing with the pay cut. But as if that was not
enough, ever since the new restructuring Walgreen’s Corporation had not been paying their contractors in a timely manner, despite repeated resubmitting the bills. The contractors are not allowed to submit a bill to the accounting department until the invoiced bills are 30 days over due. The contractors have the person doing the floors turn in each stores invoice to the store manager at the end of each month for all
the work done that month. This has resulted in the pay coming in piece meal. Some bills we have heard are reaching 120 days past when the work was done, with the sub’s still not getting paid. A whole lot of the store managers just don’t send in the invoices to the accounting department to be paid, and as I said the above contractors are not allowed to submit a bill for unpaid invoices to the accounting department until the invoiced bills are 30 days over due. Then the accounting department is supposed to pay the bill within 30 days. It seems that nether the local district manager or the local regional manager of Walgreen’s is keep watch over the matter. Accounts payable blames the managers and the managers blame accounts payable. Many managers insist that they have sent in the invoices to be paid! For my part I has not been paid for two of my stores in October totaling to me $760.00 the amount is
of course more owed to the contractor. I have not been paid for three of my stores in November totaling to me $1250.00. I have not been
paid for all nine of my stores I did in December totaling $3400.00.This total is $5410.00, and I am about to bill for January's work, all ten stores and it will be $3125.00. So I will be owed $8535.00 as of February 1rst. From what we hear, this story is similar to every contractor and their subcontractors doing floor maintenance for
Walgreen’s Corporation around the country. Imagine this…. I do 9 to 10 stores each month, how many stores are out there? According to their website 7,147, if they are all that behind for every 10 stores and my story is average that adds up to at least 6 million dollars the company owes and is just dragging there feet to pay. So we the little guys are suffering while there bottom line is
going up! There is someone at the top telling them to pay as slow as possible. That is the only thing that makes any sense. Anyways I figured that if everyone starts asking questions it might shake things up,and make them pay their people. Because right now me and thousands of others are slaving for this company and getting nothing back. I have no legal recourse only the contractor has the right to sue or put leans on the stores. I asked tonight “How far in the hole do you want me to dig myself before I go look for other work?” My little bit of savings is gone, because we have had to live and pay the high operating costs of doing this business. We can not go on working for no pay. It is sad to think we are not alone in this
dilemma. While Walgreen’s stock prices reach almost there 52 week high today at 36.17 considerably higher than compared to last years price. So come on people lets make some noise! It is time to fight for the little guy.
Joe

Oscoda, MI

#2 Jan 29, 2010
You're going to exhort people to raise hell with Walgreens based solely on your story, and pass it off as a battle cry for the little guy? PUH-LEEZ. What's the other side of the story? Perhaps that you're too incompetent to follow the trail of contacts when you have a pay problem? You publicly claiming that Walgreens isn't paying its contractors is potentially libelous, by the way. You'll have a lot more than an unpaid contractor's bill to worry about.
Wassonsucks

AOL

#3 Jan 29, 2010
Hey Joe

We have had threats to have our electricity cut cause Walgreens pays their bills so slow. We have to send things to the AP dept more than once. The biggest numbnuts work at corporate
hard working floor guy

Cape Canaveral, FL

#4 Jan 30, 2010
Joe wrote:
You're going to exhort people to raise hell with Walgreens based solely on your story, and pass it off as a battle cry for the little guy? PUH-LEEZ. What's the other side of the story? Perhaps that you're too incompetent to follow the trail of contacts when you have a pay problem? You publicly claiming that Walgreens isn't paying its contractors is potentially libelous, by the way. You'll have a lot more than an unpaid contractor's bill to worry about.

First off I am a sub-contractor; I have no contract with Walgreen.

Second, I said "If" if they are all that behind...... I only know what the person I contract from has told me and conversation with the managers and assistant managers that I know, and other sub's and contractors that I know.

Third, if I said IF there are others out there, I hope they speak up, like "the person, about the electricity story"

Fourth, YOU don't know me from Adam, YET you have no problem accusing me of being "too incompetent!" to submit bills properly………….

Fifth, Last time I checked we live in a country were we have freedom of speech, to ask the hard question, and engage in dialog to search for the truth.

Sixth, WHAT is the other side of the story? I don’t know…….. I know that in life there are always two sides to every story. I ask that someone put it out there. Because I don’t know what is going on……. I only know what I have been told.

“The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.”

Winston Churchill
Joe

Oscoda, MI

#5 Feb 4, 2010
Libel isn't protected speech.

Now, YOU typed the title, "Walgreen's is not paying their contractors!"

Now, you back off and say,'well, um... uh.... I don't have a contract with Walgreens.'

Oh, really? So, how do you know that Walgreens isn't paying its contractors if you don't actually have a contract with them? Hearsay, I suppose?

Besides, even if you were a contractor not getting paid by Walgreens, it just means that YOU aren't getting paid, not that "Walgreens is not paying their contractors" in general.

You obviously don't understand what libel is, and what kind of trouble it can bring.

I'll go ahead and give you 24 hours to retract this statement, else I'm going to forward this to Walgreens Legal department. You have no right to smear Walgreens by telling the public at large that Walgreens doesn't pay its contractors.
Joe

Oscoda, MI

#6 Feb 4, 2010
Consider this quote:

"Because I don’t know what is going on……. I only know what I have been told."

This, coming from the guy who generated the 250+ word rant about how Walgreens doesn't pay its contractors, with a title saying the same, but, BY THE WAY, the poster doesn't know what is going on, by the poster's own admission.

I think this pretty much says it all.

Reminder, btw: 24 hours. Tick tock.
sage

United States

#7 Feb 4, 2010
Joe, Walgreens legal department will be laughing at you like the rest of us already are...

Since: Feb 09

Chicago, IL

#8 Feb 5, 2010
It is true about Walgreens not paying bills, Just got a bill from the water dept here in Chgo and their going to disconnect our water on 2/12 because the bill isn't paid!
Walgreensiswalma rtlite

AOL

#9 Feb 6, 2010
Sage

Whats legal going to do when its the truth.My branch had to pay a deposit to Com ed because of chronic late paying by Corporate. Lible occurs only when FALSE statements are made.
Matt

Grand Rapids, MI

#10 Feb 10, 2010
Can't we all just get along?
Former_Emp

United States

#11 Feb 10, 2010
This is nothing new, when I worked for Walgreens, Accounts payable, was a minimum of 3 months behind for consumables like pepsi, frito-lay, etc. On average they were 5 months behind on service bills, like landscaping, floor cleaning, etc.
Jill

Nashville, TN

#12 Feb 17, 2010
I would like to put my voice in on this subject. Our company has been a vendor with Walgreens for several years. It never fails that several of our invoices will be 120 days past due. We have an invoice now dated October 2009, which has not been paid as of February 17, 2010. I have talked to corporate until I am exhausted. Therefore, we have stopped making any purchases from any Walgreens. All of our prescritions have been moved away from Walgreens. This is our protest! I totally agree with "hard working floor guy". Walgreens will do anything to slow down payment to their vendors! I hope you join our little protest.
lmd1016

United States

#13 Aug 5, 2010
I am a small subcontractor that has regular monthly bills to pay in addittion to the bills associated with being a subcontractor (liability insurance, commercial vehicle insurance, etc etc).
I am currently owed over 2 months worth of invoices. I am facing loosing my car, not being able to pay quarterly taxes, dropping my health insurance, etc etc. Why does a multi-billion dollar corporation have trouble paying their bills? I am greatly dissapointed and am considering filing a complaint with the BBB. There is no excuse for this kind of treatment. I do the work on time and I expect to be paid on time!
nobody

Tucson, AZ

#14 Aug 5, 2010
lmd1016 wrote:
I am a small subcontractor that has regular monthly bills to pay in addittion to the bills associated with being a subcontractor (liability insurance, commercial vehicle insurance, etc etc).
I am currently owed over 2 months worth of invoices. I am facing loosing my car, not being able to pay quarterly taxes, dropping my health insurance, etc etc. Why does a multi-billion dollar corporation have trouble paying their bills? I am greatly dissapointed and am considering filing a complaint with the BBB. There is no excuse for this kind of treatment. I do the work on time and I expect to be paid on time!
That is the million dollar question....Why do Walgreens do half the s*** they do? They are ruthless and we have to be as well. Call the state attorney, go to the media whatever it takes. That is horrible what they are doing to you!!!Hang in there and keep us posted.

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#15 Aug 5, 2010
They OUTSOURCED the ENTIRE Accts. Payable department a few months ago. To an INDIA company who bought the Danville facility and hired many of the former Walgreen employees.(But THAT is another story.)

Having said that, who knows, it can only get better or worse, right? However, I do know that it was Walgreens policy to be slow payers.

IMD1016 Good Luck- keep calling them, ask to talk to the boss. Write a letter and send it certified. Address it to Greg Wasson, 200 Wilmot Rd., Deerfield, IL 60015. State your situation. His secretary will open it and forward it to accounts payable with a note that says, Please take care of this and they will. Hope this helps.

But I am in agreement that it shouldn't take so much effort to get paid. Bad company business ethics.

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#16 Aug 5, 2010
Ooops, you are the subcontractor. pass the info to the contractor.
NoProbswithWAGS

United States

#17 Aug 10, 2010
My company has been doing business with WAGS for more than 20 years and except for a few stumbles here or there we have had virtually no problems getting paid....one of our Community Leaders suggested billing the stores bi-weekly as most stores invoice once a month. Therefore you'd be assured of hitting them at least once during there process. BTW we currently service 36 stores, so I'm not blowing smoke. Best of luck...hope this helps some of you :)
nobody

Tucson, AZ

#18 Aug 10, 2010
Jill wrote:
I would like to put my voice in on this subject. Our company has been a vendor with Walgreens for several years. It never fails that several of our invoices will be 120 days past due. We have an invoice now dated October 2009, which has not been paid as of February 17, 2010. I have talked to corporate until I am exhausted. Therefore, we have stopped making any purchases from any Walgreens. All of our prescritions have been moved away from Walgreens. This is our protest! I totally agree with "hard working floor guy". Walgreens will do anything to slow down payment to their vendors! I hope you join our little protest.
I'm there.
nobody

Tucson, AZ

#19 Aug 10, 2010
Joe wrote:
Libel isn't protected speech.
Now, YOU typed the title, "Walgreen's is not paying their contractors!"
Now, you back off and say,'well, um... uh.... I don't have a contract with Walgreens.'
Oh, really? So, how do you know that Walgreens isn't paying its contractors if you don't actually have a contract with them? Hearsay, I suppose?
Besides, even if you were a contractor not getting paid by Walgreens, it just means that YOU aren't getting paid, not that "Walgreens is not paying their contractors" in general.
You obviously don't understand what libel is, and what kind of trouble it can bring.
I'll go ahead and give you 24 hours to retract this statement, else I'm going to forward this to Walgreens Legal department. You have no right to smear Walgreens by telling the public at large that Walgreens doesn't pay its contractors.
Last I heard blackmail is illegal.Are you a rat for corp? This is "my opinion", so if you decide to forward this to corp. bring it on!!!
connie

Grayson, KY

#20 Aug 13, 2010
I would like to defend the floor guy. Recently a Walgreens was built in our small community. The subcontractor working on behalf of Walgreens hired several local small companies to deliver topsoil, lay sod, plant shrubs. So far they have either not been paid at all or have only been paid half that was required up front. The subcontractor declares he was not paid at all by Walgreens. These are only the companies we deal with ourselves. We don't know how many others are not being paid that just wrote the episode off as a learning experience. Well,$10,000 is one hell of a lesson. It is our opinion that Walgreens is using shady, underhanded business practices. They do not allow shoplifting in their stores but are they not doing the exact same thing by taking our goods and services and talents then not paying for them?

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