(WOIO) –

A new contract has been reached between the American Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region and Teamsters Local 507.

Workers went on strike in February, limiting the amount of blood drives the Red Cross was able to do. The Red Cross had been dipping into their national inventory to meet the needs of local hospitals.

Christy Sabaka, Communications Manager, released the following statement late Monday morning.

The American Red Cross is pleased to announce that it received notification today (Monday) that a new collective bargaining contract has been ratified with Teamsters Local 507 in the Northern Ohio Blood Services Region.

We are grateful that Teamsters members have agreed to the terms of the new contract and will start to return to work as soon as this week. This union represents 236 blood collection operation employees.

The new agreement is equitable and balanced in achieving the needs of both the Red Cross and Teamsters members, and is sensitive to the financial pressures that health care providers are experiencing in today’s economic environment.

With an agreement in place, we are looking forward to our valued colleagues returning to work and together focusing our full attention on ensuring a sufficient blood supply for the hospitals and patients we serve.

The Red Cross has already reached 21 other agreements with local labor unions since last summer.

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Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News