Holiday blood drive strike called off

A planned worker strike at the annual Red Cross Holiday Blood Drive, Dec. 23 at the Alliant Energy Center, has been nixed after workers agreed to new contracts, according to a report from the Wisconsin State Journal.

The three-year agreements include retroactive bonus payments for 2021, retroactive wage increases of 6% for 2022, and 3% increases for 2023, according to AFSCME Locals 1205 and 1558, which represent about 200 blood collection and processing workers in Wisconsin.

As recently as last week, Red Cross workers threatened to strike during the Holiday Blood Drive in Madison, the region’s largest blood drive, and at a blood drive the same day at a church in Green Bay, if contract agreements weren’t reached by this week.