Clerical Local 318 / State employees

Red Cross Workers: Two Years Without A Contract

Governor Malloy supports Red Cross workers.

Invoking the nationwide struggles of middle class working people, front-line Red Cross blood collection workers met on April 10, 2011 to mark the second anniversary of working without a collective bargaining agreement.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined the workers for a press conference at Council 4 AFSCME union headquarters in New Britain. Council 4 is the parent union of AFSCME Local 3145, which represents nearly 200 workers at the Connecticut Blood Services Region in Farmington.

“They do good work. It’s an unbelievable service and they deserve a contract,” Malloy told reporters before the press conference.

“Get a fair and honest and decent contract that awards people for their hard work. That, simply put, is why I’m here,” Malloy then told Local 3145 members.

The press conference was scheduled to precede a 1 p.m. negotiating session between the union and Connecticut Red Cross management at Council 4. At press conference time, the Red Cross negotiators notified Council 4 and Local 3145 representatives via email that they would not meet at Council 4 as previously agreed, due to the fact that Local 3145 members would be present to observe the negotiations.

Last June, Local 3145 members joined more than 1,000 Red Cross workers nationwide in a three-day unfair labor practice (ULP) strike.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) charged the Connecticut Blood Service Region of the Red Cross with several complaints over its bad faith bargaining and recently completed an administrative trial. A ruling is expected soon.

CT AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Lori J. Pelletier brings labor's statewide support to our members.

“The Red Cross is behaving no differently than Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker or Ohio Governor John Kasich in its efforts to strip our members of their fundamental bargaining rights,” said Local 3145 President Christine Holschlag, RN. “We are not going away. We are going to hold this corporation accountable for its disregard of workers and donors.”


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