Red Cross members reject cuts

Red Cross members voted to reject the cuts in people, wages and benefits that the National Red Cross was demanding.  The last members voted Sunday Sept 16th and the ballots were counted.  The vote was:

49 Yes (40%)

72 No (60%)

Local 459 will offer to continue meeting to try and bargain a package that is acceptable.  The National Red Cross may refuse to negotiate further.

Local 459 will demand to bargain over severance pay for laid off members.  The National Red Cross is required to meet.