Canada Post demands mandatory use of online pharmacy
Negotiations took place the week of February 18th in Ottawa.
This session, the bargaining team focussed on the CPC proposal to introduce the mandatory use of Express Scripts into the Collective Agreement. Express Scripts is an American online pharmacy company that has expanded into Canada.
You may be aware that UPCE has been working with CPC on the voluntary adoption of Express Scripts. Unlike the previous commitment to UPCE, at the bargaining table, the Corporation has proposed a mandatory sign up for all members and by extension, their families.
For now, the intent is to use Express Scripts to fill and deliver long term maintenance drugs. Maintenance drugs are used on an ongoing basis to treat or manage chronic health conditions. For example, insulin, blood pressure medications or arthritis medications. The Bargaining Team has requested a copy of the list of eligible maintenance drugs. We have yet to receive it.
According to the Corporation if you choose to go elsewhere
- You will still have to pay insurance premiums
- You will have to pay the full cost (100%) of your prescription
If you choose to go to your trusted local pharmacist for your prescriptions, you will not be reimbursed
Although we have not yet received confirmation, the bargaining team believes that this will be extended to retirees as well. Remember, the corporation started with a voluntary program and now wants to make it mandatory.
The team is absolutely opposed to the mandatory introduction of Express Scripts. We remain committed to advocating on your behalf throughout the bargaining process.
We want to hear from you – between now and our next bargaining session which will start March 25 team members will be attending local meetings to provide updates on bargaining and answer any questions that you may have.
Your Bargaining Team
Date Modified : 2013/02/22