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Gimbels to give pay raises every six months.

A new contract between Gimbels Department Stores and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union provides for a $40 a week wage increase over the 3-year contract term. The $40 increase will be paid in increments of $10, $8, $7, $9, and $6 a week at 6-month intervals. The accord covered 5,000 employees at 10 stores in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.

The $40 increase compared with $45 the union recently negotiated with Bloomingdales for 4,000 workers, and $65 it negotiated with R.H. Macy and Co. for 6,000 workers.

Other terms at Gimbels included an increase in employer financing of health and welfare benefits to 9 percent of payroll, from 8 percent; an increase in the number of paid sick leave days, subject to approval of the trustees; and an additional paid holiday to be taken on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday or on another day of the employee's choice.
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Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Aug 1, 1985
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