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Red Cross says potential strike could harm Sandy relief effort

The region's Red Cross chapter says the union representing 50 employees involved in blood drive operations has threatened to strike next Friday if a new contract is not reached.

Teamsters Local 311 sent a letter of intent to the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region warning of a work stoppage, an action the nonprofit agency labeled "irresponsible" and a potential disruption to blood collection operations to aid areas ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.

The local, chartered in 1952 and headquartered in Baltimore, did not return requests for comment. A spokesman for the national organization, Galen Monroe, said the local was autonomous and he was unaware of the letter.

candy.thomson@baltsun.com

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