American Red Cross Blood Services, Communications Workers of America, reach tentative new three-year agreement

September 13, 2011

Johnstown, Pa.  The Greater Alleghenies Region, American Red Cross Blood Services, and Unit 111 of Local 13000 of the Communications Workers of America today announced they have reached a new tentative three-year collective bargaining agreement on behalf of blood drive workers represented by the union. These workers are based in Altoona, Pa; Beaver, Pa.; Johnstown, Pa.; Morgantown, W. Va.; Winchester, Va.; and Wheeling, W. Va.

            Both organizations praised the tentative agreement as equitable and balanced in achieving the needs of the union members and the Red Cross. The tentative agreement has the unanimous endorsement by the union's bargaining committee comprised of Red Cross employees and union officials.

            The CWA will next discuss the contract with its membership and finalize arrangements for a ratification vote.  Both the CWA and the Red Cross are hopeful for ratification by the union’s full membership in the coming days. More details can be released after the contract is ratified.

            CWA 13000 Unit 111 has withdrawn the notice of a strike to begin September 16.

            “On behalf of blood drive sponsors, donors, hospitals and patients, we are grateful to CWA leadership for their support of our commitment to the region’s customers,” stated John Hagins, CEO, Greater Alleghenies Region.

 Marge Krueger, Administrative Director, Communications Workers of America, said, “We feel this agreement serves the best interest of our members and the organization.”

The Greater Alleghenies Region serves hospitals, patients and donors in a 100-county area in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, and also supports blood needs experienced by patients elsewhere in hospitals served through Red Cross Blood Services.

The CWA represents 700,000 workers in telecom and Internet technology, media and publishing, health care, public service and education, airlines and manufacturing.


MARYLAND: Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties

OHIO: Belmont, East Liverpool Chapter and Jefferson counties

PENNSYLVANIA: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Cumberland, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lawrence, Mercer, Mifflin, Perry, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties

VIRGINIA: Clarke, Page, Shenandoah, Warren and Winchester-Frederick counties

WEST VIRGINIA: Barbour, Berkeley, Braxton, Brooke, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Grant,

Hampshire, Harrison, Jefferson, Lewis, Marion, Marshall, Mineral, Monongalia, Morgan, Ohio,

Pendleton, Pleasants, Preston, Randolph, Ritchie, Taylor, Tucker and Tyler counties.