- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Workers at the upscale Chicago department store Barneys New York have begun efforts to unionize because of salaries and a requirement that employees promote the store’s credit card under threat of disciplinary action.

Worker United spokesman Carlos Ginard said Monday 70 percent of Barneys 75 Chicago sales associates and shipping and distribution workers have signed cards indicating they wish to unionize.

Workers United last week filed a union election petition with the National Labor Relations Board. A date for a vote hasn’t been set.

Barneys officials have declined to comment.

However, sales associate Dragana Stupar says after opening one credit card account in August she got a letter saying if she didn’t make the monthly quota she would be terminated in six months. Stupar noted the new cards offer no incentives for customers and they aren’t very interested.

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