By  on January 6, 2010

The union seeking to represent more than 100 cosmetics staffers set to be cut from Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York flagship at the end of the month asked the National Labor Relations Board to halt the layoffs Tuesday and charged the employees had been targeted because they expressed interest in unionizing.

On Dec. 14, Saks told 115 beauty workers they would be terminated effective Jan. 31 to make way for its new system, in which vendors will staff their own counters. The non-vendor-employed workers make up about 30 percent of the more than 400 employees on the Manhattan unit’s beauty staff, according to the company.

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