Employees picket outside of the Red Cross

By Alyssa Donovan

July 29, 2013 Updated Jul 29, 2013 at 11:22 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Nearly 100 American Red Cross employees staged a picket outside of Red Cross headquarters for a fair contract on Sunday.

Red Cross workers are still without a deal after unionizing more than 6 years ago.

AFSCME Council 31 and the Red Cross have been at the bargaining table for 2 years.

Union leaders said the Red Cross has been found guilty of violating labor law by unilaterally changing workers' wages, benefits, hours and working conditions.

AFSCME representative Tim Lavelle said there have been a lot of stalls and delays throughout the process.

"They owe us past wages and future wages. So it's wages and working conditions," said Lavelle. "These folks sometimes work completely irregular hours so we're trying to make it more of a normal schedule for them. We're down to the point now where we're ready for a contract and that's what we're asking for a fair and equitable contract now."

The Red Cross said it continues to negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement.

In a statement Red Cross Spokesperson Ben Corey said, "We look forward to reaching a contract that is fair and acceptable to our employees, the Red Cross and the union so we can continue to be responsive to the needs of the hospitals and communities we serve."

Negotiations are set to resume on Wednesday.

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