Workers at Bloomingdale’s Flagship Store Narrowly Avoid a Strike

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Unionized Bloomingdale's employees and their supporters rally for fair wage increases and improved health care benefits outside of Bloomingdale's flagship store in Midtown Manhattan, April 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Reprinted from CNN by Julia Horowitz on May 2, 2017.

Bloomingdale’s has reached an agreement with workers at its flagship New York store, narrowly averting a strike.

The department store will no longer require sales clerks to prepare online orders for in-store pickups, and managers cannot ask workers to leave their departments if it could cause them to lose a sale, according to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which is representing the Bloomingdale’s employees.

Members of the union say the deal will help ameliorate wages lost to online shopping. …

The new four-year deal also stipulates that some workers will now be paid hourly wages, instead of on a commission structure. General wage increases and a higher percentage of company funding for medical and sick day benefits are also included, according to the union. …

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