Big Wins for LGBT Workers in New Bloomingdale's Contract

June 21 2012
The Advocate
By Julie Bolcer

A new union contract includes strong anti-discrimination language and benefits like paternity leave. But the vast majority of LGBT retail workers still lack basic protections.

More often than not, it’s a dirty look or some unspoken signal that a customer would rather deal with another salesperson. Every now and then, things turn outright hostile, as happened recently for Desmond Anthony, an employee at Zara in New York City.

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RWDSU Members Ratify Five-Year Contract at Flagship Bloomingdale's Store in New York

May 4 2012
Bloomberg BNA
By John Herzfeld

Members of Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union Local 3 have ratified a five-year collective bargaining agreement with Bloomingdale's Inc. that covers wages and work rules for some 2,000 employees at the company's flagship store in New York City, the union announced May 2.

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Bloomingdale's 59th St. Workers OK Pact

May 3 2012
Women's Wear Daily
By Evan Clark

The 2,000 workers at Bloomingdale's 59th Street flagship voted in favor of a new five-year union contract with the store that opens the way for a general wage increase, more health care options and more flexibility when it comes to scheduling hours.

Workers at the store will get a $3.05 an hour pay hike over the life of the contract, which was ratified by Local 3 United Storeworkers of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

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It's A Deal

May 3 2012
New York Post

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union announced the ratification of a new five-year contract with Bloomingdale's covering 2,000 workers at the nagship store on East 59th Street.

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Bloomingdale's Workers Claim Big Gains in New Contract

May 2 2012
DNAinfo
By Amy Zimmer

Bloomingdale's workers ratified a new five-year contract Wednesday, which includes wage increases, improved benefits and more control over hours and scheduling under a new, five-year contract that the union negotiated, officials announced Wednesday.

The hard-fought deal, which came after a large rally by workers in front of the iconic flagship store on East 59th Street and Lexington Avenue, also includes a provision about returns — one of the biggest issues for workers.

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Dads get a break in new Bloomie's contract

May 2 2012
Crain's New York Business
By Adrianne Pasquarelli

Paternity leave is among the benefits that the East 59th Street department store's workers will receive.

For the first time, new dads at Bloomingdale's will be able to take time off to spend with their newborns. As part of a new union contract, workers at the retailer's East 59th Street flagship location will receive paternity leave.

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Bloomingdale's Workers Rally

April 19 2012
Women's Wear Daily
By Evan Clark

Bloomingdale's workers rallied outside the 59th Street flagship here to push for pay increases and other concessions from the retailer in contract negotiations.

"We are not asking for the moon and the stars, but only our fair share," said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which represents the store's 2,000 workers.

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Bloomingdale's Workers Protest Over Wages, Health Care

April 18 2012
WOR Radio 710

Hundreds of Bloomingdale's workers in New York City have taken to the streets to demand a better contract with the company.

Mark Spellman was among the workers rallying outside Bloomingdale's flagship store on Third Avenue today.

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Bloomingdale's Workers Rally for Better Wages, Benefits

April 18 2012
WNYC
By Tracey Samuelson

Workers at Bloomingdale's flagship location on 59th Street rallied outside the store Wednesday, asking why the company's strong profits are not translating into better compensation for its workers.

“Bloomingdale's is just fine — no, they are doing more then just fine — they are raking it in,” said Stuart Appelbaum, the president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. He addressed a crowd of more than 75 workers and union members wearing green t-shirts.

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Bloomingdale’s Workers Rallied for Raises Today

April 18 2012
New York Magazine
By Charlotte Cowles

Workers at Bloomingdale's flagship store rallied today for a new contract that would account for the company's increased sales and profits over the past year. A press release from the workers' union points out that Terry Lundgren, the CEO of Macy's, Inc. (which owns Bloomingdale's), got a pay bump of nearly 23 percent last year to $14.5 million.

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RWDSU Local 3 Demands New Contract

April 18 2012
LaborPress
By Marc Bussanich

Cars, taxis, trucks and buses honked their horns as they passed Bloomingdale’s flagship store on 3rd Avenue on Wednesday, April 18 to show their support to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 3 members who rallied outside the store to demand a new contract from the company.

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Bloomingdale's Workers Rally for New Contract

April 18 2012
DNAinfo
By Amy Zimmer

Scores of Bloomingdale's workers staged a rally Wednesday to highlight their plight for a new contract.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Local 3, the union representing 2,000 workers at the Bloomie's flagship on East 59th Street, is in negotiations with the company for a new four-year contract to take effect once the current contract expires on May 1.

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