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Trouble at Bloomies

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Bloomingdales staffers are threatening to strike over heath insurance concerns. "Union workers rallied Tuesday at the Bloomingdale’s flagship store on East 59th Street to turn up the heat on contract negotiations with the store. As many as 500 members of Local 3 of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union demonstrated in front of the store between 11:30 and 2:30 p.m., union officials say. The demonstration took place just two days before union members are scheduled to take a strike vote, a move that would authorize the first strike against the store in 43 years. The existing labor contract that covers everyone from cashiers to stock room workers to sales people expires April 30." [Crain's]