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These Grocery Pharmacists Are Rallying For Fair Wages and Staff Increases

Pharmacists in white lab coats thrusts their fists up into the air in front of a gray building. They are each wearing large buttons on their chest (whose text is not legible), except for one pharmacist with glasses who is holding the button in their left hand, the other hand raised in a fist.
Pharmacists from various grocery store chains around L.A. are rallying today for wage increases and hiring of more staff.
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Pharmacy workers and supporters rallied Tuesday in West Hollywood to demand a fair contract. The action came several months into contract negotiations between the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and major grocery chains.

The previous contract ended back in March.

Workers are calling for higher wages, guaranteed health coverage for part time workers, and sufficient staffing at Albertsons, Vons, Ralphs, and Pavilions locations.

Jessica Browley says long hours working as a pharmacist, coupled with an overwhelming workload, has taken its toll.

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"I work by myself for four hours everyday Monday through Friday and on weekends I work completely alone," Browley said.
She said having no backup can be stressful.

"So I'm doing all this ... sometimes multitasking ... and being distracted ... going to a million places at once and I'm scared I'm going to make a mistake," Browley said, "and I know my colleagues feel the same."

Contract negotiations are set to resume in a couple of weeks.

According to the UCFW 770 website, the union represents 31,000 member in "healthcare, retail health, grocery, packing and cannabis" industries.

We've reached out Kroger and Albertsons and will update this story if we get a response.

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