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Pharmacist strike could close Kasier pharmacies in Southern California

A possible pharmacist work stoppage because of "protracted contract negotiations" may close Kaiser Permanente pharmacies beginning Monday May 19 at 7 a.m.

Kaiser sent an announcement urging its patients to have prescriptions filled or refilled before May 19 in the event a work stoppage does occur.

The Guild for Professional Pharmacists represents about 1,400 pharmacists throughout Kaiser's Southern California region and on May 7 filed a 10-day notice to strike. Union leaders have outlined three issues that are detailed in this article here and available in the link below.

A bright red sign with bold letters on the Guild's website announces "Kaiser So Cal STRIKE." Above is a statement asking for cooperation from members and to agree to not work overtime. The statement also said Kaiser may send Pharmacy management personnel as replacement pharmacists from northern California or northwest regions.

The Guild asked that Kaiser be pressured to "treat pharmacists fairly" and created a Facebook page to rally support.

Medical facilities will remain open, so health care and appointments will not be interrupted and hospital pharmacies will be open to provide pharmacy services for hospitalized patients.

The Guild represents about 4,000 pharmacists in 6 states.

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