NEW YORK — The workers at Bloomingdale’s East 59th Street flagship have signed off on a new four-year contract.
Their last agreement expired Saturday, and talks between management and Local Three of the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union came down to the wire, with a final agreement ratified late Friday night.
According to a statement from the RWDSU, the contract — covering about 2,000 workers — calls for salary increases in each of the next four years and includes an improved health care plan. The insurance plan had been a key sticking point, with workers picketing outside the store last month chanting “Hell no, we don’t want no HMO.”
A RWDSU spokesman was unable to provide specific figures on the salary increases.
“Our top priority in these contract negotiations was to be as fair and as generous as possible, given the fierce competitive climate in which we operate,” said William P. Baer, Bloomingdale’s senior vice president for human resources and labor relations, in a statement.