The Campaign For Safe Blood – Support Striking Workers at American Red Cross
Safety Before Profit – Justice for AFSCME Workers and Safety for Blood Donors
SUPPORT THE FIGHT FOR SAFE BLOOD DONATION! AFSCME Workers have been fighting for three years to improve standards in American Red Cross blood donations.
AMERICAN RED CROSS IS ATTEMPTING TO BREAK THE UNION. SUPPORT THE STRIKE MONDAY MORNING AS THE RED CROSS TRIES TO BREAK THE STRIKE.
AFSCME Local 3145 represents 225 front-line blood services workers at the American Red Cross headquarters in Farmington, CT. Our members work on blood drives and make sure the blood supply is safe and sound. But the American Red Cross has embarked on a national union-busting campaign. Instead of negotiating just and fair agreements in each of their states, the Red Cross is putting profits ahead of safety while refusing to negotiate in good faith. That’s bad for donors, recipients and workers alike.
Connecticut Red Cross blood collection workers need your help as they continue trying to protect the blood supply while reaching a fair agreement with their employer.
New Report Raises Concerns About Donor, Employee Safety
Oct. 9 – A new report by award-winning labor journalist Philip Dine raises concerns about donor safety and the security of the nation’s blood supply at the country’s largest supplier of blood and blood products.
- Click here for the report, “Labor Relations at the American Red Cross and Its Impact on Employee and Donor Safety” by Philip Dine.
- Click here for the New Britain Herald/ Bristol Press article, “Pro Worker Group’s Report Chides Red Cross,” featuring Christine Holschlag of Local 3145.
- Click here for complete coverage of the Dine report:
State Investigates Suspended Blood Collection Procedure
Sept. 8 – The Department of Public Health has put the Red Cross on alert for using unlicensed medical personnel.
- Read the Council 4 news release here
- Read the Journal Inquirer article, “State Probe of Suspended Red Cross Procedure Continues”
- Read the Stamford Advocate article, “Red Cross Halts Some Blood Collection”
AFL-CIO Delegates SupportLocal 3145 Workers
Sept. 9 – More than 300 delegates to the Connecticut AFL-CIO Convention unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the American Red Cross to stop disrespecting donors and workers during the labor federation’s biennial convention Sept. 9-11 in New Haven. Read the resolution here.
Community Rally Sends Message
Aug. 5 – Local 3145 members and supporters called on the Red Cross to treat workers and donors with respect in a rally at company headquarters in Farmington. Read the story here.