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Labor Woes At Bloomingdales

For shoppers and browsers, department stores can be a fragrant, shiny escape from the harsh outside world. (I know this from personal experience and having read — and taught — Emile Zola’s novel, “The Ladies’ Paradise.”) Not so, necessarily, for the stores’ workers.

At The Cut, Diana Tsui reports that Bloomingdales employees are having a rally today in anticipation of a possible May 1 strike of “the department store’s 2,000 unionized retail workers [whose] contract sets to expire May 1.” If the strike proceeds, writes Tsui, “this will be the biggest shutdown in over five decades.”

Phoebe Maltz Bovy edits the Sisterhood, and can be reached at [email protected] She is the author of “The Perils Of ‘Privilege’”, from St. Martin’s Press. Follow her on Twitter, @tweetertation

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