(SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine) ––Workers at the American Red Cross’ Portland donation center have voted to join Teamsters Local 340.
The blood donation center’s 57 employees will now form a bargaining unit that includes collections technicians, collections specialists and mobile unit assistants of various classifications. These employees are responsible for setting up and administering blood drives across the southern half of the state.
By voting in favor of Teamsters representation on Dec. 22, bargaining unit employees will fall under a National Addendum that covers a coalition of labor unions at American Red Cross (ARC) facilities. The Portland employees now need to ratify the National Addendum and negotiate a local agreement with the management of the Forest Avenue ARC facility.
“The workers at the Portland Red Cross are most concerned over health care costs and working conditions. These concerns will be addressed through improvements guaranteed by the National Addendum agreement,” said Local 340 Business Agent Ed Marzano. “The bargaining agent election was a landslide victory. Of the eligible voters, over three-quarters voted for the Teamsters. We welcome our new members, and are looking forward to the start of negotiations with the new year.”