Red Cross Retaliates Against Workers

L-R: Local 3145 members Tammy Bennett and Nancy Newton and Council 4 Rep Kip Lockhart.

Members of AFSCME Local 3145, the union that represents blood collection workers at the American Red Cross in Farmington, are standing up against an employer bent on intimidation and retaliation.

In recent months, the Red Cross has fired six workers, all union supporters who participated in last November's 10-day strike. The company has also suspended nine workers, eight of them union supporters or union officers who went out on strike.

On Aug. 16, Council 4 announced it filed announced today it has filed a federal unfair labor practice (ULP) complaint against the company for its mistreatment of workers.

“The company’s callous disregard for its employees should concern blood donors and recipients across the state,” said Local 3145 President Nancy Newton, who works as a quarantine-and-labeling technician at the Red Cross. “There is no place for this kind of corporate thuggery.”

This is the second labor complaint Council 4 has filed this year.

“We are the ones watching out for the donors and the recipients. For us, people come before profits,” said Tammy Bennett, one of the fired workers.