Red Cross workers on strike in several Mich. cities

Some workers are striking against the American Red Cross in several Michigan cities, forcing the cancellation of at least one blood drive. Members of the Office and Professional Employees Local 459 picketed today outside Red Cross offices in Muskegon. Blood collection specialist Jason Hruskach said strikes also are taking place in other cities. The Lansing State Journal reported that some workers have walked a picket line in the state capital.
AP Wire
Sep 9, 2011


The Red Cross’ Great Lakes Blood Services Region is accused of eliminating its pension plan and making changes to health insurance without bargaining.

Union steward Cindy Krieger said workers have been without a contract since 2008.

Great Lakes Blood Services Region Chief Executive Sharon Jaska said the strike is “unconscionable and irresponsible.”


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