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AFL-CIO Statement on American Red Cross' Labor Disputes and Blood Safety Problems

On March 3, 2010, the AFL-CIO Executive Council issued a statement regarding the American Red Cross’ labor disputes and safety problems, expressing support for all Red Cross workers "who are fighting for fair labor contracts and work conditions that improve the blood supply practices." The ARC frequently understaffs blood drives, assigns workers to regular 16 hour days and downgrades its staff by eliminating the most experienced licensed medical personnel creating a "low-morale, high-turnover workplace, increasing the risk of blood safety errors on the job.”

The AFL-CIO urges affiliates to take action to support ARC blood drive workers and encourages members to consider donating blood through alternative blood drive operators. If using alternate blood drive operators, the ONA urges members to use AABB-accredited blood banks to ensure safe practices.

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