Blood Workers Strike Red Cross In Labor Dispute 6-02-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Blood Workers Strike Red Cross In Labor Dispute 6-02-2010

Several unions are striking American Red Cross blood operations in six states over what they call unfair labor practices.
Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 459 in Lansing said it's calling a three-day strike, which started at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Michigan strike sites are Lansing, Flint, Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Petoskey. The strikes also are at sites in Farmington, Conn.; Huntington, W.Va.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Toledo, Ohio; and Pomona, Calif.
"They've been fined by the FDA $21 million for the way they handled the blood supply,” said Joseph Marutiak, a representative for Local 459. “The national labor relations board is prosecuting them for violating federal labor law. They're moving Michigan jobs to Omaha."
Local 459 said 1,000 workers are striking nationwide. It said Red Cross unilaterally cut benefits.
Red Cross spokeswoman Stephanie Millian said it's seeking concessions during great economic difficulty.
The American Red Cross said it has canceled blood drives in Connecticut on the first day of a three-day strike by some workers.
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