By Micah Mitrosky
CVS is coming to Ocean Beach. In doing so, they promised OB they would be good community partners. In fact, CVS agreed to a Community Benefits Package that included the following promise:
“CVS will provide 20-30 new highquality jobs to the community including strong training, pay, and benefit packages…CVS has the highest rated job satisfaction in its industry and will contribute these beneficial jobs to the Ocean Beach community by prioritizing qualified candidates from within the community in its hiring process.”
Now, with retrofits underway at their new OB location, CVS is quietly breaking their promise to the OB Community before the doors have even opened.
CVS is allowing an electrical contractor on the project that fails to provide all workers with prevailing community wages and cover the cost of good family healthcare. A bitter irony considering CVS prescription drugs are only affordable to families with good family healthcare benefits.
As has become the case more and more these days in America, CVS and their construction management are putting profits above people.
For far too long, large corporations, like CVS, have chipped away at good wages and benefits, stretching family budgets thinner and thinner and adversely affecting our communities.
IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) 569 fights for strong wages and middle-class benefits for working families throughout San Diego County including the families of over 30 of our members living in OB.
We believe CVS and their contractors should uphold their promise to provide strong pay and benefits and take seriously their responsibility to invest in OB’s community. This is why IBEW 569 will be joining local community members and allies on Wednesday to get the word out about what is happening at the CVS job site and take action:
WHAT: Fixing Broken Promises – CVS in OB
WHEN: Wednesday, August 6th, 5:05pm – 6:00pm
WHERE: CVS / APPLETREE SITE (Corner of Cable and Santa Monica)
To RSVP, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/278102392313815/
Micah Mitrosky, LEED Green Associate, is the Environmental Organizer for IBEW Local 569