UNDATED (WKZO) -- Blood drives across the state have been canceled in the past few weeks as about 200 Red Cross workers are on strike. The unions that represent these employees are negotiating with the Great Lakes Red Cross organization on healthcare benefits, and more talks are set for Wednesday and Thursday.
However, in the meantime, what happens with scheduled collection drives remains up in the air. Monica Stoneking, with the Red Cross, says that you've got to check to see if a drive you had planned on attending might be canceled. She says they usually wait until 24 hours before to cancel. If they do settle with the union, they will want to have blood collections, so they can go back to work.
So, she says you should check RedCrossBlood.org, or called 1-800-Red-Cross to find out if a drive you'd planned to be at will still be happening. While this strike continues, Stoneking says the Great Lakes region of the Red Cross is relying on other regions to keep its blood supply adequate for demand.