OPEIU Local 459 Members Strike American Red Cross

Jun 02, 2010, 12:12 ET from Office and Professional Employees International Union, AFL-CIO (OPEIU)

NEW YORK, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO Local 459 in Lansing, Michigan today joins workers in six states in a three-day multi-union strike against the American Red Cross (ARC) over unfair labor practices.  The Lansing strike began at 9 a.m. (PDT) Wednesday.

"The strike is the result of mismanagement at the American Red Cross," said Local 459 Service Representative Joe Marutiak.  "ARC has been fined by the Food and Drug Administration, had unfair labor charges brought against it by the National Labor Relations Board, unilaterally cut benefits, and shipped jobs overseas.  All of this puts the blood supply at risk and abuses employees and the donors.

"With this strike, we're hoping to bring attention to the problem and end this mismanagement, and finally begin good faith bargaining," Marutiak continued.  

Strike sites in Michigan are Lansing, Flint, Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Petoskey.  Strikes are also occurring in Farmington, Connecticut; Huntington, W.Va.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Toledo, Ohio; and Pomona, Calif.


The Office and Professional Employees International Union represents more than 125,000 members in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. OPEIU represents employees and independent contractors in banking and credit unions, insurance, higher education, shipping, hospitals, medical clinics, utilities, transportation, hotels, administrative offices and more.

Professional organizations and Guilds affiliated with OPEIU are a diverse group that includes nurses, physicians, pharmacists, chiropractors, appraisers, podiatrists, clinical social workers, hypnotists, teachers and helicopter pilots.

SOURCE Office and Professional Employees International Union, AFL-CIO (OPEIU)