Red Cross strike continues after deals shot down

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – The Red Cross strike continues, and a deal in the near future does not look promising.

The UFCW local 75 says they presented two health care proposals Monday, both of which they say were turned down.

About 130 members of the UFCW Local 75 working at the American Red Cross in Toledo have been on strike since late March after working without a contract for 3 years.

Both sides have reached an agreement on a wage increase for the workers, but cannot agree on the health insurance that will be provided to them.

Union representatives made two proposals Monday; one of which they say will save the American Red Cross money by moving to a joint unions and employers benefit fund, and the other is to keep the current insurance plan, but guarantee it through the life of the contract.

Both of which were not accepted by Toledo's American Red Cross branch. Union representatives say they are frustrated.

"We really tired hard. We said we'll take the same benefits we have now- say they'll be in the contract for the length of the agreement. We'll even pay a little bit more for them,  and for them to sit around and say no, you get what we want to give you- is wrong." said Bill Dudley, director of strategic campaigns for the UFCW 75.

The American Red Cross would not comment.

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