HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — American Red Cross workers in Connecticut authorized their contract negotiators Sunday to call a strike, if necessary, to reach an agreement with the agency.

Larry Dorman, a spokesman for the AFSCME Local 3145, would not release the vote totals but said a "clear margin" was in favor of authorizing a strike. He said Red Cross workers in other states also will be taking strike authorization votes this week.

Some 200 nurses, technicians and other professionals in Connecticut are represented by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Dorman said. A coalition of unions represents nearly 4,000 Red Cross workers.

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