Navigation Links
American Red Cross Bleeds Frontline Blood Drive Workers
Date:6/19/2009

Red Cross Executives Prioritize Profits Over Safety

WASHINGTON, June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teamsters General President Hoffa called on the American Red Cross today to support its frontline blood drive workers whose efforts help safeguard America's blood supply. The Red Cross is currently pursuing a campaign against its frontline workers that would worsen working conditions, push down living standards, undermine workers' rights to representation, threaten safety standards and create a disposable work force.

"People rely on the American Red Cross everyday for a safe blood supply. The organization owes it to the public and to its donors to ensure a sustainable blood supply while retaining diligent and competent workers who are treated with respect," Hoffa said.

Although the American Red Cross has been under a federal consent decree for 16 years for safety and health violations, it is trying to replace nurses with unlicensed supervisors, force employees to work up to seven days a week, stop compensating drivers for mastering valuable certifications and job skills such as phlebotomy, maintaining donor health records, and performing other donor safety activities, and turn blood collection into an assembly line process. Red Cross also wants to implement a more expensive and inferior health care plan.

"The American Red Cross is an American icon for hope and service. I'm sure few would question the legitimacy of the Red Cross, but the truth is, it is a horrible employer that mistreats its workers and takes its donors for granted," said Gary Cossarini, President of Teamsters Local 682 in St. Louis, Missouri, which represents blood drive workers in the Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region.

"The important service that the Red Cross provides to our community would not exist without the hard work of the frontline blood drive workers," Hoffa said. "The Red Cross must cease exploiting these workers and treat them as valued partners in the successful execution of the organization's mission."

Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.


'/>"/>
SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. American Chemistry Council Responds to Health Canadas Proposed Phthalates Restrictions
2. American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leader Suggests Health Care Reforms to Cut Costs, Ensure Quality Care for People with Serious Illness
3. American Dental Hygienists Association and Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. Announce Honorees of HYGIENIST HERO(R) Recognition Program
4. Dysport Added as a Procedure on AmericanHealthandBeauty.com: Let the Wrinkle Wars Begin
5. American Life League: Revelations in Boston Archdiocese Caritas Scandal
6. ZoneDiet.com Survey Reveals That Body Insecurity Prevents Nearly Half (49%) of Americans From Engaging in Summer Activities
7. Bariatric Advantage Will Be in Attendance at the 26th Annual American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in Dallas, Texas
8. National Changing Diabetes Program Issues Statement on President Obamas Speech to the American Medical Association
9. American Medical Association Passes Resolution Supporting Sustainable Food System
10. American College of Surgeons Supports Bill to Create New Frontline Providers Loan Repayment Program
11. Ruben Studdard, American Idol Winner and R&B Pop Star, Spreads the Word about Sickle Cell Disease and the Dangers of Iron Overload
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/28/2017)... ... , ... Kevin Harrington, one of the original Sharks from hit reality series Shark Tank, and ... campaign with My Real Earth. , Most people put their healthcare above their skincare, but ... what we put in our bodies. After all, the skin is the largest organ which ...
(Date:7/28/2017)... ... ... For over 20 years Sealy Baby has been creating crib mattresses that ... pride in using some of nature’s best materials while integrating today’s latest comfort technologies ... mattresses and crib bedding for infants and toddlers. We are thrilled ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... ... July 27, 2017 , ... Conventus, New Jersey’s ... physicians, has launched a new educational series of webinars and podcasts to guide ... prescribing of pain medication. The first two episodes of the series, entitled “Pain ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... ... July 27, 2017 , ... Patients with ... in a single office visit from Dr. Alejandro Kovacs. Dr. Kovacs is a ... East Texas patients, including Teeth-in-a-Day® dental implants in Longview, TX. ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... , ... July 27, 2017 , ... ... Verification to State Medicaid programs, Managed Care Organizations and Home Care Agencies, has ... The MEDsys platform, VinCENT, provides technology solutions to over 1,000 agencies and multiple ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/12/2017)... is a revolutionary new product that relieves painful carpal tunnel syndrome ... affects more than 8 million people a year. Women suffer from ... methods of treating CTS are painful surgery, the use of NSAIDs ... ... a clear patch worn on the palm of the hand. It ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... , July 11, 2017 Zymo Research Corp., also known ... that can quantify biological aging in a precise manner using the myDNAge ... Steve Horvath , a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at the ... School of Public Health , Zymo Research,s proprietary DNAge ™ technology ... ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... Md. , July 11, 2017  The global ... estimated revenues of approximately $394.1 million in 2016.  Although ... trend of solid growth, in particular as a result ... clinical practice, and the recent introduction of a significant ... need for less-invasive testing of tumor biomarkers to guide ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: