I wish you would check facts before you print opinions such as this one. CPhA would never decline to speak out on behalf of pharmacists. We were not asked to attend. We did not decline. This is a rumor that I would love to stop as it is unfair to CPhA staff and members who work so hard to advance the profession!
Well, tonight I make Lynn's wish come true. Here's a little fact-checking I did before I wrote a thing about that hearing:
Were any professional organizations, such as the American or California Pharmacists Association involved? Was their input solicited?
We invited the California Pharmacists Association to attend and testify, but they declined our invitation.
That was from an e-mail interview I did with Ben Ebbink, who is the Chief Consultant to the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment. Ben had no reason to lie to me.
But Lynn Rolston now says he's a liar.
Well you know what? Let's go with the small chance that he is. That Ben Ebbink pulled that out of his rear end for some reason and no invitation was issued to the California Pharmacist's Association to a hearing that discussed California Pharmacist's working conditions.
Don't you think the California Pharmacist's Association would be a little pissed off about that?
I mean, The California Retailer's Association was there.
So was The United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
Academics, advocates for senior citizens, students, even someone from The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles all showed up.
Yet no one from the California Pharmacists Association. Huh. So basically what Lynn Rolston is saying, to paraphrase a bit, is.
WE DID NOT DECLINE AN INVITATION TO THIS HEARING!! WE WERE JUST CONSIDERED TOO UNIMPORTANT TO WARRANT ONE AND WERE TOO INEFFECTIVE TO CHANGE ANYONE'S MIND ABOUT IT!!!!! SO THERE!!!
Well that's much better Lynn, thanks for setting the record straight. And way to stick up for the profession. Regardless of which one of you is lying, way to totally stick up for the profession.
Why on earth anyone is sending a dues payment to that organization is beyond me.