Monday, January 29, 2007

Red Cross Strikers in Cleveland

Red Cross Provokes Strike Over Excessive Demands
to Diminish Health Care Benefits to Employees

JOHNSTOWN, Pa., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- About 160 Red Cross workers, members of Communications Workers of America Local 13000, prepared for an unfair labor practice strike against Johnstown-based American Red Cross' Greater Alleghenies Regions. As of 12:01 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, workers will likely be off the job, despite their efforts to negotiate a fair contract.

"It's extremely unfortunate that the Red Cross has caused this strike," said Marge Krueger, administrative assistant to the CWA District 13 Vice President. "CWA members have been working hard to reach a fair agreement, but the Red Cross has refused to provide the information on health care costs that we need to bargain intelligently. That's not bargaining in good faith."

The workers staff bloodmobiles and blood banks in counties across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia.


Channel 19 News reported this morning, the striking Red Cross workers will be here in Cleveland today.

I am pro union, but the workers need to understand the costs of healthcare continues to sky rocket. It is only fair that some of these costs be passed on to employees.

On the other hand, Red Cross should also show the increases to bargain in good faith with the unions.


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