Labor Leaders Walk-Through at Bloomingdale’s to Show Support for RWDSU Local 3 Members
Several city and state labor leaders is set to participate in a walk-through at Bloomingdale’s flagship store on Third Avenue in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 11, to speak with RWDSU Local 3 members who work at the store. Local 3 is currently in negotiations with the company for a new contract for the 2,000 employees who work there. The walk-through is scheduled for 3 pm.
New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento, New York City Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez, and UFCW Region One Director and Vice President Richard Whalen will join Local 3 President Cassandra Berrocal and Local 3 leadership and RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum for tomorrow’s event.
“New York’s Labor leaders are coming together to show that a fair contract for Bloomingdale’s isn’t just a priority for RWDSU Local 3 members and the UFCW, but also for organized labor throughout the entire city and state,” said RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum.
As Local 3 members stand strong for a new contract, Bloomingdale’s and its owner, Macy’s Inc., are enjoying brisk sales and growing profits. News sources say Bloomingdale’s generated more than $600 million in sales in 2010, and Macy’s Inc. saw its profits grow 48 percent last year.
“Macy’s, Inc. and Bloomingdale’s are enjoying a period of financial success, and Bloomingdale’s workers deserve to be compensated fairly,” Appelbaum added.