Blood collectors could strike in two weeks

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American Red Cross blood collectors who serve New Hampshire and southeastern Vermont could be going on strike later this month.

A Red Cross Blood Services executive in New Hampshire says the organization is prepared to bring in staffers from other states to keep the Manchester donor center running. She said they might have to cut back mobile blood drives in other parts of the state.

The union is working for its first contract since its members organized last year. Its negotiating team approved a tentative agreement last week, but the membership rejected it on voted to strike November 19th.

Union spokesman Mike Munroe says the Red Cross offered annual raises of 3.5 percent in each year of the three-year deal.

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