Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Photo Above: Part of the Red Cross picket line at the AFSCME Local 3145 location in Farmington, Ct. [Other photos below]

About 200 members of AFSCME Local 3145 went on unfair labor practice strike against the American Red Cross blood services division in Connecticut after negotiations failed to bring about a new contract. Today they where joined by their labor brothers and sisters and community supporters in a spirited rally and picket line.

The Red Cross workers worked nearly three years without a contract. An administrative law judge ruled in August that the CT Blood Services Region engaged in unfair labor practices, yet the company is still trying to eliminate the workers' right to bargain over health care, along with many other punishing proposals.
Photo above: Peggy Buchanan, center holding the megaphone, President of the Hartford Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, gives unqualified support to the Red Cross workers and facilitated the rally.

Posted by Tom Connolly

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