Re Medco Lockout of USW Members in Las Vegas, by vgn20202

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									                                                                         Leo W. Gerard
                                                                International President


                                      April 6, 2006

Nevada Board of Pharmacy
555 Double Eagle Court, Suite 1100
Reno, Nevada 89511

Dear Members of the Board:

      Re: Medco Lockout of USW Members in Las Vegas, NV

      I am writing to express my concern about recent developments at the Medco
Health Solutions pharmacy in Las Vegas.

     After months of demanding unreasonable concessions from our members,
Medco Health Solutions has locked out around 500 members of USW and USW Local
675 at its mail order pharmacy in Las Vegas, Nevada, effective 12:01 a.m. on
Wednesday, April 5, 2006.

       USW Local 675 members have been negotiating with the company since their
last contract expired on September 1, 2005. During the course of negotiations, Medco
has engaged in unfair labor practices, including illegally cutting employee benefits. On
March 31, 2006 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against
Medco because of its unlawful conduct. We are filing additional unfair labor practice
charges against Medco in light of its continuing illegal actions and we expect that the
NLRB will issue further complaints against the company.

       Medco has announced that it will use “temporary employees and additional
supplemental staff” to keep its operations going in Las Vegas, one of the company’s
three main dispensing pharmacies.

       We do not know if these replacements have adequate training and experience.
We do know that the jobs performed by our illegally locked out members, who have
many years of experience and are highly skilled, cannot be safely performed by those
who have just been given a few quick training classes. We believe that Medco’s use of
these substitutes place millions of people at risk with potential delays in getting their
medication or even receiving the wrong medication altogether. Because of the public
health risk involved, I am asking the Nevada Board of Pharmacy to investigate and
ultimately suspend Medco’s license to operate this facility due to this blatant disregard
for patient safety for the duration of the company’s illegal lockout. We also intend to
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seek legal recourse on a number of fronts should these actions by Medco result in
health problems for any identified customers which we intend to monitor.

         Thank you for your attention to this matter.

                                          Sincerely,




                                       Leo W. Gerard
                                   International President

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