The Red Cross is responding to plans for a possible strike by workers in Yakima.
In a statement sent to KNDO the Red Cross says it is disappointed to hear the union voted in favor of taking the next step toward a strike. But it says this does not mean a strike will happen. The Red Cross says it will continue to negotiate with the union and has a contingency plan in place should workers strike.
RED CROSS STATEMENT:
"The Red Cross is disappointed to learn that some of our union employees voted in favor of authorizing union leadership to call a strike. However, we remain hopeful that a satisfactory agreement can be reached prior to any strike.
This vote does not mean that a strike will occur. The Red Cross will continue to negotiate in good faith in hopes of resolving remaining issues across the bargaining table, and is committed to reaching an agreement with the union.
In the unfortunate event of a work stoppage, the Red Cross has a contingency plan in place to meet the blood needs of the communities and people who depend on us. We appreciate the commitment of our volunteer blood donors who regularly provide the lifesaving gift of blood"