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. The flagship store’s roughly 2,000 unionized sales clerks, shelf stockers and clerical workers are demanding better pay and benefits from the iconic department chain. The current contract expired March 1, and the workers are in the midst of a two-month extension while negotiating with the store.
Bloomingdale’s declined to comment on ongoing negotiations, but said they are working to find a solution that’s “fair and equitable to both parties.”
But workers say a fair contract would better compensate them.