Workers Authorize Strike at Bloomingdale's NYC Flagship

By: AP
By: AP

NEW YORK (AP) - Shoppers who are fond of Bloomingdale's
Manhattan store may want to spend a little extra time looking
through the racks this weekend. Workers could go on strike if a
contract dispute is not resolved by Thursday.
A spokeswoman for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store
Union says talks are continuing, but the 2,000 workers at the store
have authorized a walkout, though a date for it hasn't been set.
A Bloomingdale's spokesman says the negotiations have been
"mutually respectful," and that the company expects an agreement
before the contract expires Wednesday evening.
The union says the main issues are health care coverage and
raises.
The walkout would affect only Bloomingdale's 59th Street store.
It would be the first shutdown at the famed flagship in more than
four decades.
It was opened in 1886.


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