SOUTH GLENDALE — American Red Cross medical employees on Wednesday announced plans to strike over a proposed contract they said would affect their health benefits and minimize staffing at blood collection drives.
More than 300 nurses, blood collectors and other medical professionals have been in contract negotiations with Red Cross administrators since March, but have come to loggerheads regarding donor safety measures and restrictions to their health benefit options, said Therese Mendoza, a registered nurse with the organization. The represented workers are based at Red Cross facilities throughout Southern California.
Employees voted May 2 to strike, she said.
“We are asking for a fair contract that maintains affordable family health care and fair wages,” Mendoza said at a news conference outside the organization’s Glendale-Crescenta Valley Chapter on South Brand Boulevard.