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SAFETY FIRST | Connecticut Red Cross workers — members of Local 3145 (Council 4) — take their case public during an informational picket in Norwalk.


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SAFETY FIRST | Connecticut Red Cross workers — members of Local 3145 (Council 4) — take their case public during an informational picket in Norwalk.

Photo Credit: Larry Dorman

 

Farmington, Connecticut

Members of Local 3145 (Council 4) are joining Red Cross blood collection employees to tell the public that Red Cross values profits more than safety.

The 225 AFSCME-represented workers—nurses, laboratory technicians, phlebotomists, drivers and others employed at the organization’s headquarters in Farmington—have formed a national coalition of unionized Red Cross employees. They are determined to improve their working conditions and ensure the safety of donors and the blood supply.

Local 3145 members have worked without a contract since April. “The Red Cross is all about big money and bigger profits at the expense of donors and workers,” Local 3145 Pres. Debra Lenentine said at a rally this summer.

Connecticut Red Cross workers are fighting the company’s practice of using unlicensed personnel, instead of licensed nurses, to perform a common type of blood collection procedure.

Supporting the union’s position, the State Department of Public Health recently issued a letter to the Red Cross stating that the blood collection procedure “cannot be delegated” to unlicensed personnel.

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