Lansing City Council Passes Resolution Supporting Red Cross Strikers

Posted: May 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

RESOLUTION #2012-088

BY COUNCIL MEMBERS TINA HOUGHTON, KATHIE DUNBAR, BRIAN JEFFRIES, DERRICK QUINNEY, A’LYNNE ROBINSON, JODY WASHINGTON, CAROL WOOD, AND JESSICA YORKO

RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LANSING
WHEREAS, the American Red Cross Blood Services Division Workers of Lansing were forced to strike on March 30, joining workers in Cleveland, who walked out on Feb. 14 because the American Red Cross wants its workers to accept staffing levels that could endanger the blood supply. For the dedicated staff members at blood collection sites, these are critical issues that cannot be sacrificed; and

WHEREAS, the American Red Cross Service Workers are on strike to protect their rights to collectively bargain. The American Red Cross has stated as part of their bargaining objectives that they wish to strip the rights of the workers to bargain over their wage package; and

WHEREAS, the American Red Cross has been responsible for numerous safety violations by the FDA resulting in over $30,000,000 worth of fines. Staff has been harassed and discriminated against for reporting such safety issues to the FDA; and

WHEREAS, the American Red Cross has also been found guilty by the National Labor Relations Board of violating the rights of its workers by committing several unfair labor practices;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Lansing City Council calls on the Red Cross to meet and bargain fairly with its employees and resolve this strike in an equitable manner that assists in protecting America’s Blood supply and preserves workers’ rights to collectively bargain.

And what is the response from local media on this historic resolution? ABSOLUTE SILENCE. NOT ONE WORD from the Lansing State Journal; not one word from ANY local media source. Why this SHAMEFUL lack of coverage? What possible excuse could they give? This is nothing less than the cowardice and arrogance of the middle class press in action, and absolute confirmation of their total disdain for working people.

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