For New Jersey state employee unions it’s arm bands. For Red Cross workers it’s stickers. Red Cross workers in 10 states and Washington, D.C., will wear Keep Blood Drives Safe” stickers today to support the striking blood driver workers.
The strike in Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey began Tuesday when contract negotiations between the union and the American Red Cross stalled.
“Across the country, there are 3,000 blood service workers at Red Cross who are in similar labor disputes, and many have filed unfair labor practice charges against ARC,” according to a release from the Health Professionals and Allied Employees/AFT/AFL-CIO union.
Scheduling, staffing and training negotiations, as well as the union’s claim that the Red Cross has tried to curb collective bargaining rights, resulted in the strike.