Dear Local 3 RWDSU Members. Please be advised that the COVID-19 Store Closure Letter of Understanding Number 2 between Local 3 United Storeworkers and Bloomingdale's/Macy's Inc. states "The company will pay the full cost of the benefit premiums beginning the week of April 5th for the duration of the store closure period." This means that the company will cover 100% of the cost of the premiums during April and May if needed. This includes coverage for any dependents currently enrolled. In Solidarity, President Cassandra A. BerrocalLocal 3 RWDSU - United Storeworkers
Dear RWDSU Local 3 members, We want to make sure you have all the information you need as we go through the shut down of the Bloomingdale's store due to COVID-19, and the furlough of Local 3 members. The New York State Department of Labor has put together a FAQ for workers who need to access government benefits, including but not limited to unemployment insurance. Please click here or on the button below to view the document. Additionally, the RWDSU has created the COVID-19 Resources Hub, which is being continually updated with the most recent information about COVID-19 and how to get all the benefits you are entitled to. The hub, which is hosted at the RWDSU website www.rwdsu.org, contains information important to Local 3 members and representatives. Visit the hub for information on health and safety during this crisis, aid and resources for affected workers, and the government benefits that are available. Click here to visit the RWDSU COVID-19 Resource Hub.May you and your family be safe, President Cassandra A. BerrocalRWDSU Local 3
“RWDSU members at Bloomingdale’s/Macy’s Inc. are covered under a collective bargaining agreement. Two weeks ago we negotiated historic provisions for workers that expire on April 1st. Critically it included plans to negotiate future terms, which we are still doing. Bloomingdale’s/Macy’s Inc. needs to do much more for its employees than what they have announced so far -- and we are pushing them to do that. They will be judged in the future by how they treat their employees now," said Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).
March 20, 2020 To all Local 3 Union Members. After lengthy discussion with the Company we were able to reach an understanding on an Emergency Covid-19 Store Closure Agreement concerning this two week period. This agreement provides all Local 3 members with options and wage reimbursement at your vacation rate of pay as outlined in the agreement. You can either put in for PTO time to cover the shortfall in your schedule or you can apply for the New York State partial unemployment benefit, which we advise you to do immediately. This agreement only covers the two weeks of this initial announced shut down. At this time we cannot say with any certainty what will happen at the end of this two week period. In good faith we have to advise people to be prepared for this closure period to be extended. This COVID-19 pandemic is so serious that what we know now, can change in five minutes. We continue to be in constant discussion with the Company and will advise you further as information becomes available. Sincerely, Cassandra A. Berrocal President Local 3 Continue reading
See below for federal and state benefits available to all workers who jobs are impacted by COVID-19.
Please note that the upcoming Local 3 Membership Meeting has been canceled because the venue has been closed until further notice. Come out the Local 3 membership meeting! . Monday, March 23rd, 2020 Sessions will be held at 4:30pm and 6:30pm. . The meetings will be in All Saints Church, 230 East 60th Street, between Second and Third Avenues. . On the agenda will be Local 3 issues, RWDSU Programs, and Good and Welfare.
Please be advised that the below event has been cancelled due to an abundance of caution surrounding the risks associated with the coronavirus. Get free help doing your taxes through Local 3! Click here to view the flyer Workshops will be held on Friday, February 28 and Friday, March 13 - 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Bloomingdale's 59th Street, 10th Floor - Training Room 2 We look forward to seeing you there!
We wanted to share with you this information that was prepared by the national AFL-CIO. There is a lot of information currently out there about the COVID-19 virus, but we thought that this contained valuable information in dealing with this outbreak. Should you have any concerns, please reach out to your union representative. Our contract outlines your paid-sick time. If you have any questions, please call our office 212-371-6230. Sincerely,President Cassandra Berrocal
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