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  • American Red Cross - Summary & Ratification Information
    Updated On: Sep 19, 2018

    Curious about the new contract, your raises, benefits, staffing and more?  (Note: Heath care payments going from 26 weeks to 24 weeks - thus you will see a slight increase in premium to make up the extra payment.)

    Please join your union representatives for: 

    Informational Meeting to review the National Addendum and the Local Agreement

    • Sunday, September 30, 2018  -  10am
    • CWA 1118, 4 Wembley Court, Albany, NY  12205

    Ratification Voting: 

    • Apheresis - Wednesday and Thursday, 10/3 and 10/4 - Kristy will be at Everett Road to allow all members the opportunity to vote.
    • Whole Blood - Monday and Friday, 10/1 and 10/5 - 6:30am - 10am
      • stop by your break room for your opportunity to vote.

    Click here for full summary of:

    • TeamCare
    • Local Agreement
    • National Adendum

    A printed copy is available in your mail box at work.




    The union coalition representing 4,500 workers at the American Red Cross reached a national tentative agreement late in the evening on August 30th, 2018.

    The union members who travelled from across the country to represent their locals at bargaining sessions, and the solidarity demonstrated by the thousands of union members who wore buttons and shared photos made the difference in winning this agreement. 

    We were successful in not allowing any takeaways, and we made some important national gains, including:

    • Cumulative across-the-board wage increases of more than 8% over three years.
    • Significant wins on health care and benefits, including: no increases to out-of-pocket maximums or deductibles; improvements to life insurance and short-term disability; limits to the share of premiums paid by employees; an ability for employees with other qualified insurance to opt-out; and more.
    • Standard-setting health and safety protection for members, providing a way to address current or new workplace changes that impact worker safety. 
    • Agreement from Red Cross to engage in collaborative processes with us nationally throughout this contract on some key issues like guaranteed hours and late-end times at fixed sites.
    • And more (details to follow)


    Good morning:

    Shortly before midnight last night we reached a tentative agreement.  As soon as the "tentative agreement" and bargaining update are available we will get them out to you.  It's a good contract with no givebacks, wage increases, benefit improvements and a few other key improvements.   

    Quick highlights:

    • Raises - 2019 - 2.25% , 2020 - 3%, 2021 -- 3%
    • Commitment to work towards "guaranteed hours"
    • PTO - accrued from day one and based on 40 hrs per week not 37.5 hrs
    • Medical - 0 increase in 2019, minimal increase in 2020 and 2021
    • Short term disability increase

    Keep in mind we were bargaining with Red Cross still operating with a 70 million dollar shortfall, so this prevented us from achieving some of the improvements we were hoping for.  We went in with a huge wish list and we did not get many of the things that we wanted.  We do think this is a solid agreement that the committee unanimously recommends.  

    Local bargaining begins Wednesday, 9/5, which may be difficult given the Red Cross financial situation and threats to close regions.  For those of you that have not heard, Red Cross has stated they are closing the Lansing, MI operations and are currently in bargaining over the matter:  

    Click here for info on Closing Lansing, MI

    Thank you to everyone who participated in bargaining as this really was a group effort.  CWA was lucky to have Jaytricia Tremel and Erin Bowie who along with the other National Coalition unions and their support teams advocated for all of the locals and members and has worked countless hours on her own time.

    Special thanks to our own CWA 1118 bargaining team: 

    • Members - who completed the bargaining survey and assisted in gathering data to prove what we need in our region
    • Deb Kellogg, Steward - who held down the fort at home and provided up to date feedback while the bargaining team was in DC fighting for our contract
    • Kristy Kruger, Steward - who fought passionately for our apheresis staff and provided critical information on the "late-end" problem in fixed sites
    • Chuck Varin - who was our "safety" advisor who not only clearly outlined what the issues were but took the time to provide solution recommendations

    In the next few weeks we will be holding meetings members to go over the National Addendum and then holding ratification votes.  Please watch your email for these very important meeting dates.

    In Solidarity!

    CWA 1118 

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