Red Cross, blood workers seal contract deal

    Workers who staff mobile units for Red Cross blood drives in the Philadelphia area have approved a contract deal.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer reports workers from the Health Professionals and Allied Employees union approved the three-year contract on Thursday, ending a contract dispute that started in May with a 30-day walkout.

    Union officials say the approximately 250 employees will receive a 2.5 percent pay raise in each of the first two years and no raise in the third.

    The workers will keep their current health care plan through next year but will get a new one in 2013.

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