About 240 Red Cross blood collection workers are on strike this morning in Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
People looking to donate blood will likely still be able to do so, but should call 1-800-733-2767 (1-800-RED-CROS) or visit www.redcrossblood.org to check for any scheduling changes, said Red Cross spokesman Anthony Tornetta.
The striking union, Health Professionals and Allied Employees Local 5103, represents about 30 percent of the staff at the 20 to 25 blood drives normally held each day by the Red Cross' area collection arm, the Penn Jersey Blood Region.
Today the strike is targeting seven donor centers, including 700 Spring Garden St. and 8001 Roosevelt Blvd. in Philadelphia, according to the union website, www.hpae.org.