A new report by the Jobs with Justice National Workers Rights Board (http://bit.ly/1biNKK) suggests that the American Red Cross Blood and Biomedical Division continues to run afoul of the law and that many frontline blood workers believe that Division management is increasingly determined to cut expenses and increase revenues, even to the potential detriment of donor safety, employee wellbeing and the security of the nation’s blood supply.
In light of the reports findings, we believe that the Red Cross must:
1) Conduct an independent audit to find the real causes for harmful deficits and solutions that do not further compromise the organizations reputation and ability to provide blood supplies without endangering employees, donors or end users.
2) Create of a Joint Labor Management Committee to set reasonable labor policies, oversee the development and implementation of training for supervisors and staff to ensure the best results for all Red Cross stake holders. And the restoration of the long standing practice of labor representation on the Board of Governors.
3) Develop guidelines for the implementation of a labor relations policy that will be in compliance with legal requirements, best practices and will honor the principle of employees’ rights to union representation and collective bargaining.
I believe that the American Red Cross is moving in a direction contrary to its mission and values. Please consider adopting these recommendations before the organization is damaged beyond repair.