Red Cross Workers On Strike
Our members in AFSCME Local 3145, who represent blood collection workers at the Connecticut Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross, launched an unfair labor practice (ULP) strike Nov. 3, 2011.
Local 3145 members have worked nearly three years without a contract while the employer continues its efforts to strip away fundament bargaining rights and break the law.
Local 3145 members gained legal vindication when a federal judge ruled Aug. 29 that the CT Blood Services Region broke the law by engaging in unfair labor practices that led to the 2010 strike.
The Red Cross unfortunately has refused to obey the law and reach a fair agreement, forcing our members to go out on strike. In fact, the company made even more regressive proposals during last-ditch negotiations on Nov. 2.
"I'm not out here just to protect my benefits. I'm here with my family for respect," said Local 3145's Tashonda Thompson, a Red Cross phlebotomist. "We're the front line of the Red Cross. Without us, there's no blood for them to make their profits from."
How can you help?
Join AFSCME Local 3145 members on the picket line. Picketing is taking place daily at Red Cross headquarters, 209 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT. (From I-84 East or West, Take 39. Bear right at end of ramp onto Farmington Ave. The Red Cross is less than a mile on the right, just after the UConn Health Center. Please park across the street in the Loehman's Plaza lot.) Support Red Cross workers by contributing to our strike fund. You can make your check payable to "Council 4 Solidarity Fund, 444 East Main St., New Britain, CT 06051.
Local 3145 members on the picket line against a greedy employer. Across the country, Red Cross Blood workers are fighting for safe staffing levels to protect blood donors and the blood supply. Please support them by visiting the Facebook page Keep Blood Drives Safe and clicking “Like." And be sure to sign our online petition calling on the Red Cross to treat workers and donors with respect.