Negotiations between Bloomingdale’s 59th Street store and its union are continuing today as the possibility of a strike threatens to shut down the store for the first time since 1965.
Bloomingdale’s and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 3, which represents about 2,000 workers at the store, have been in talks since Feb. 14. The discussions pertain only to the 59th Street flagship.
“The negotiations are continuing today and over the weekend and as long as they need to,” said a spokesman for the store. “Bloomingdale’s and Local 3 have a long history of resolving difficult issues that inevitably rise between them.”
He said the union has not said anything about setting a strike date.
On Tuesday, union members held a rally in front of the store calling for a general wage increase and protection of their health care.
“We have every reason to believe that we will reach a fair agreement prior to the expiration of this contract, which is 6 p.m. Wednesday April 30,” said the Bloomingdale’s spokesman.
A call to the union was not immediately returned Friday.
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