Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

April 15, 2010 12:32 ET

30,000 Union Members Respond to OFL Call to Action London & District Labour Council Announces Full Boycott of Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall Pharmacies

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 15, 2010) - "We are delighted with last night's London & District Labour Council (LDLC) decision for a full boycott of Shoppers Drug Marts and Rexall Pharmacies," says Sid Ryan, OFL President.

Starting today, the LDLC will urge its 30,000 members to boycott Shoppers and Rexall pharmacies in the London area. The unanimous decision stems from the aggressive opposition of the pharmacies working hand-in-hand with generic drug companies to sink a key reform that would significantly lower drug pricing by up to 50 per cent.

"What a spectacle – watching Shoppers and Rexall team up with huge generic drug companies to block the public's access to life-saving medicines," says Patti Dalton, President of the LDLC. "Our members and retirees need this reform and so does the public."

Dalton noted that the pharmacies' attempts to use their clout and deep pockets will cost them. Their threats and actions, cutting hours, imposing charges for deliveries, creating enormous stress on their own employees, using the most vulnerable people as pawns and standing between the public and lower-cost drugs is fast making them two of Ontario's worst corporate citizens," she said.

"This is the height of corporate greed – a corporation like Shoppers Drug Mart that made $585 million in profits last year is using the most vulnerable people as pawns. It's unconscionable," says Ryan.

Canadians pay 50 per cent 75 per cent more for generic drugs than our counterparts in the U.S. or Britain because of artificially inflated prices. This windfall goes to boost the profits of Shoppers and other pharmacy chains at the public's expense.

Contact Information

  • OFL
    Sid Ryan
    416.209.0066 (mobile)
    Patti Dalton
    519.452.2640 (w)
    OFL Communications
    Lynn Simmons
    416.803.8282 (mobile) or 1.800.668.9138