April 26, 2012

Red Cross employees strike in Lansing

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Red Cross union employees on strike

Red Cross workers went on strike for the second time in six months.  Al Mixin, a Union Official with the Teamsters,  rallied employees together with the hopes of receiving more health benefits for Red Cross workers.

The Communications Director for the Great Lakes region of the Red Cross, Monica Stoneking, said, “The Red Cross nationally went to a national healthcare plan where there are different options. And for four years our union members have rejected that plan.”

She stated it would be unfair to provide different benefits depending on if the employees are union members.

The Red Cross employees still feel that the work they do is not financially compensated enough for them to afford their own healthcare bills.  In time, Al Mixin hopes that the issue will be settled.  Both sides are set to negotiate this month.