Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour
SEIU Canada

SEIU Canada

April 22, 2010 10:30 ET

OFL Calls on Small Pharmacies to Uncouple Themselves From Shoppers: SEIU Weighs in With Province-Wide Actions Against Shoppers

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 22, 2010) - As one of Ontario's largest health care sector unions actively weighs in to fight for lower generic drugs prices, the OFL is calling on independent pharmacies to distance themselves from Shoppers Drug Mart and the generic drug industry.

The maneuvers by Shoppers to shrink back and push smaller pharmacies to the forefront won't spare it from the public backlash that's been building, warns OFL President Sid Ryan.

"We hope the independents will recognize how little in common they have with Shoppers Drug Mart and its ambitions to gorge the public purse and expand its corporate reach," says Ryan.

Sharleen Stewart, president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 Canada, is urging the union's 47,000 health care members to call on their families, friends and neighbours to ask Shoppers Drug Mart to call off its attempt to sink a crucial reform.

SEIU health care members will be hitting back at Shoppers Drug Mart across Ontario in towns and cities like Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Kitchener, Oakville, Windsor, Hamilton, Goderich, and Kingston, Stewart says.

"Every single one of our members has a stake in lower generic drug prices and so do the health plans that many of our members belong to. We are going to fight as hard as we can to get the best deal possible for ourselves, the public and our communities," says Stewart.

SEIU, the country's fastest-growing union, is using its websites - www.seiu.ca and www.seiulocal1.org to activate its Ontario network of 47,000 health care workers to contact their local MPPs in support of better access to generic drugs.

Ontario pays up to 75% more for generic drugs than the United States or Great Britain.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Federation of Labour
    Sid Ryan
    416.209.0066 (mobile)
    OFL Communications
    Lynn Simmons
    416.803.8282 (mobile)
    SEIU Communications
    Barry R. Smith