Some Express Scripts employees will soon vote on whether they want to be represented by District 837 of the International Association of Machinists.
The representation election is the result of growing employee discontent with wages, overtime and workplace favoritism, union officials said.
A spokesman for the pharmacy benefits manager said Wednesday the company has made workplace improvements in recent years, arguing union membership is not in the best interest of employees.
If the union receives a majority of the votes, it will represent about 300 employees who work as pharmacy technicians and clerks at Express Scripts’ headquarters in north St. Louis County, according to Michael Lloyd, a business organizer with IAM District 837, which also represents local Boeing employees.
The National Labor Relations Board confirmed it will conduct the secret ballot election on Oct. 14 and Oct. 18 at Express Scripts.
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