Red Cross Workers Submit Strike Notice

New Britain, CT, Oct. 27, 2011 – Members of AFSCME Local 3145, representing blood collection workers at the Connecticut Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross, announced they will launch an unfair labor practice strike starting Nov. 3, 2011 at midnight.

The required 10 day advance strike notice was submitted on Oct. 25, 2011.

“The Red Cross has left us no choice but to go on strike,” said Council 4 Staff Representative Kip Lockhart, chief negotiator for AFSCME Local 3145. “We have worked as hard as we possibly can to reach a just and fair agreement at the table, but the employer continues to insist on taking away our fundamental right to bargain.”

Local 3145 represents nearly 200 front-line Red Cross workers – including phlebotomists, nurses, lab technicians, driver technicians and more – who voted August 14 to authorize their Bargaining Team to call a strike if negotiations continued to prove fruitless.

On August 28, an administrative law judge found the CT Blood Services Region had engaged in multiple unfair labor practices (ULPs).
Local 3145 members went on a limited three-day ULP strike in June 2010. This strike will be open-ended.

Local 3145 members will be available to meet with reporters Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. at Council 4 AFSCME, 444 East Main St., New Britain, CT.