Striking employees stir up community

Workers at Canadian Blood Services seek minimum guaranteed hours
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/13/2015

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) employees in Charlottetown are on strike — and on the move.

The strike involves 11 local clinic support and recruitment employees at CBS’ permanent blood donor clinic in Prince Edward Island. The part-time workers — represented by the Nova Scotia Union of Public and Private Employees (NSUPE) Local 19 — went on strike Sept. 7 after continued negotiations between the parties failed to reach an agreement.

And though their numbers may be small, the group’s picketing has caused a big reaction within the community.