CVS Omnicare staff in Las Vegas vote to join new union

By Thomson Reuters Apr 26, 2024 | 1:36 PM

(Reuters) – Staff at CVS Health’s unit Omnicare in Las Vegas voted to join the Pharmacy Guild, becoming the first location at the national pharmacy chain to join the union.

About 87% of workers at CVS Omnicare, a provider of pharmacy services to long-term care facilities, in Las Vegas voted on Thursday in favor of unionization.


The vote comes months after some employees at CVS Health and Walgreens Boots Alliance’s U.S. pharmacies launched a walkout, to push the companies to improve working conditions and add more staff to their stores.

Pharmacy Guild, which is a part of the IAM Healthcare union, was formed shortly after the walkout. CVS and Walgreens workers at some locations have joined other unions in the past.


The vote “is a clear signal to CVS that their employees are ready to confront the crisis in the industry with paramount emphasis on safeguarding the well-being of our patients and defending our profession,” Shane Jerominski, co-founder of the Pharmacy Guild, said.


“We respect our employees’ right to either unionize or refrain from doing so, including our Omnicare Las Vegas colleagues’ decision to choose union representation,” a CVS spokesperson said.

(Reporting by Pratik Jain in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)