Podcasts & RSS Feeds
Most Active Stories
- This ballot proposal is critical to Michigan's economy, but most people won't bother to vote on it
- What explains Michigan's large Arab American community?
- Some think their immigrant ancestors were the last that should be allowed in the U.S.
- Michigan Republican Party's tactics remind me of Watergate, because both were unnecessary
- Michigan's campaign for governor gets weird as Republicans deploy spyglasses
Wed September 7, 2011
Mid-Michigan Red Cross workers on strike
Workers at the American Red Cross Mid-Michigan chapter are on the picket line, after a strike deadline passed without a deal.
Red Cross spokeswoman Monica Stoneking says the strike will drastically reduce blood collection efforts in 65 Michigan counties:
"In the Great Lakes region alone, we need to collect about 700 units of blood every day to meet the hospital needs and the needs of the patients we serve, and not being able to collect those blood products really puts our blood supply in jeopardy," said Stoneking.
Stoneking hopes negotiations will resolve the standoff soon.
"We're preparing for at least ten days," said Stoneking. "We're calling on other regions that aren’t affected by the union to increase our blood collection so that our national blood supply is healthy."
The strike affects about 280 nurses and staff who handle blood. They’ve been working without a contract since 2008.
Union officials say the two sides are far apart on many issues.
Talks are scheduled to resume September 17.