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Red Cross workers strike; blood drives canceled

June 2, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Some Red Cross workers in Southern California are joining a nationwide strike involving five U.S. cities over what they call unfair labor practices. Union officials say the job action is forcing the cancellation of blood drives.Workers began the three-day strike on Wednesday. Close to 1,000 workers in Farmington, Connecticut, Huntington, West Virginia, Buffalo, New York, Toledo, Ohio and Pomona joined the job action.

Workers say they are unhappy because the Red Cross unilaterally cut their benefits.

The Red Cross says the strike forced the cancellation of some blood drives in Connecticut and other areas. There say there are adequate blood supplies for patients.

The unions and cites where the strikes were under way:

  • AFSCME Local 3145, Hartford and Farmington, Conn.
  • Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1122, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 459 and Teamsters Local 580, Lansing and Detroit, Mich.
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 75, Toledo, Ohio
  • United Steelworkers (USW) Local 254, Macon, Ga.
  • SEIU Local 1199, Huntington, W.Va., and SEIU Local 721, Los Angeles

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