In February 2011, Take Care Health Services, a subsidiary of Walgreen's, announced that despite record growth and high profitability, all nurse practitioners working for the company would be receiving an 8.2% pay cut. Additionally, nurse practitioners would no longer have the autonomy to see patients as they felt appropriate or at the times they felt the patients needed care.
Concurrent to this change in the compensation and clinic operating procedures, came increasing pressures to "sell" specific clinical services.
After attempts to work out these issues directly with the company, nurse practitioners in Illinois responded by organizing a collective bargaining unit under the Illinois Nurses Association.
Contract negotiations have been slow and arduous. Recently, Walgreen's refused to allow the Illinois Nurses Association to bring in a federal mediator. Instead, Walgreen's lead negotiator, Marty Szostak, announced that Walgreen's would be making it's "last, final and best" offer in a "take it or leave it" proposition.
Walgreen's, one of the most profitable corporations in America, has abandoned collective bargaining. Rather than seek compromise, Walgreen's has made an ultimatum.
Sign this petition to show your support for the nurse practitioner of Chicago and Peoria that work in Walgreen's Take Care clinics.