LABOR: Union to vote Friday on CVS contract

By Jack Katzanek, The Press Enterprise

Workers at Southern California’s CVS-Caremark pharmacy stores will vote on Friday, Jan. 11 on whether to accept the three-year contract union leaders and the company’s representatives hammered out in December.

Seven locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers had been negotiating with CVS-Caremark since early last summer, although the two sides have taken lengthy breaks from the negotiation table at times. The old contract expired last July, and the two sides have been working under an extended deal.

Connie Leyva, president of Local 1428 of the union, said the sides came to a preliminary agreement shortly before the holidays, but the union decided to keep the news quiet until it could be presented to the members. Leyva said it was the union’s policy not to publicize specifics of a tentative agreement before the membership votes on it.

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