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Striking Northern Ohio Red Cross workers reach agreement

12:53 PM, Jun 18, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- There's a new contract agreement between the American Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region and Teamsters Local 507, according to Christy Sabaka, Communications Manager.

Workers could be back at work in a day or two. The strike began just before Valentine's Day.

The American Red Cross and Teamsters Local 507 have ratified a new collective bargaining contract in the Northern Ohio Blood Services Region.

"We are grateful that Teamsters members have agreed to the terms of the new contract and will start to return to work as soon as this week," Sabaka said.

Local 507 represents 236 blood collection operation employees.

"The new agreement is equitable and balanced in achieving the needs of both the Red Cross and Teamsters members, and is sensitive to the financial pressures that health care providers are experiencing in today's economic environment," Sabaka said.

The Red Cross has already reached 21 other agreements with local labor unions since last summer.

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