Blood drive workers in CT will join a rally in Washington, D.C. on Friday to protest contract bargaining practices by the American Red Cross.
Nurses, phlebotomists and lab technicians will picket at Red Cross headquarters. Workers say contract negotiations in states nationwide have become increasingly contentious. The Red Cross is proposing staffing changes that would replace registered nurses with unlicensed medical personnel, a move workers say could jeopardize safety.
Larry Dorman is a spokesman for Council4 of AFSCME Local 3145, which represents 200 Red Cross workers in CT. "What Red Cross is doing across the country to its unionized employees is seeking to drive down their economic standards and their working conditions and that has a direct impact on the well-being of those who give blood and those who receive blood."
In a statement The Red Cross says, quote…”Like many companies and non-profit organizations, the Red Cross has had to take difficult steps to control costs during these tough economic times. The Red Cross blood supply has never been safer.”