From the Morning Memo:

The retail workers union on Monday night claimed victory in its contract talks with Bloomingdale’s that acknowledges lost worker wages due to online sales.

The agreement with the Local 3 of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union includes the requirement that the company can no longer require sales associates to handle fulfillments or other non-sales duties. At the same time, sales associates are not required to leave their department when a viable sales opportunity is present.

RWDSU negotiators had raised concerns in the talks with Bloomingdale’s that the handling of online sales in the store has taken away from workers in-store duties, making it harder for them to generate commissions from traditional customers sales in the store.

State lawmakers had gotten involved in the talks as well, writing a letter to the company urging the retailer to consider the impact of growing online sales to workers in their brick-and-mortar stores.

The contract was ratified by RWDSU members on Monday night, the union said.

“I am proud of the stand our membership-driven negotiations committee took to point the spotlight on a growing epidemic in retail – online sales, which negatively impact our membership, which is largely a commission based sales force,” said Cassandra A. Berrocal, President of Local 3 of the RWDSU, UFCW.